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Pilot Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For (Holton)

Air Force Capt. Robert E. Holton has now been accounted for.

On Jan. 29, 1969, Holton, a member of the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron, was the pilot of an F-4D on an armed reconnaissance mission over southern Laos. The flight lead cleared the aircraft to engage a target, and ordnance was seen impacting the ground. Haze in the area made for difficult visibility but immediately thereafter, aircrews saw a large fireball on the ground in the vicinity of the target. The crewmember on another U.S. aircraft radioed Holton’s aircraft but received no reply, and no parachutes were seen. Efforts to make contact with the crew continued until the remaining planes were forced to leave the area due to low fuel. Holton was subsequently declared missing in action.

Interment services are scheduled for later this summer.

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(Reprinted from DPAA website)

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At the 48th Annual meeting of the National League of POW/MIA Families in Washington DC the end of June, Bill and Judy Holton of Butte, Montana received the long awaited word that Bill’s brother, Captain Robert E Holton, USAF, missing since 1/29/69 is coming home.

The Holton’s are overwhelmed with emotion and all that comes with planning a funeral, much of the details are still being worked out. What they do know is that Captain Holton will arrive by air into Bozeman on 7/21/17 at approximately 3:45 P.M. and then be transported to the Mortuary in Butte. The services will be 7/22/17 in Butte.

The Holton family has extended an invitation to our Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Rally Corp to assist with the escort and services. The Montana POW*MIA Association will also be joining us.

More detail will be available as the family learns more. They wanted to extend the invitation/opportunity to everyone to join them on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Please join us at the TravelLodge, 133 W. Burnside, Chubbuck, ID, Friday, July 21, at 8:00 A.M. Kickstands up no later than 8:30 A.M. Automobiles are also welcome!

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