Portsmouth Marine among 13 to be laid to rest at Arlington

Portsmouth Marine among 13 to be laid to rest at Arlington

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PFC Walter Boyd died when his helicopter crashed during the Vietnam War.

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by WVEC.com

WVEC.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 9:36 AM

ARLINGTON - 13 servicemembers killed during the Vietnam War will be laid to rest Wednesday a Arlington National Cemetery.  

Marine Pfc. Walter Boyd of Portsmouth and 12 others died when their helicopter came under heavy enemy fire and crashed off Cambodia.

It was one of six aircraft on a surveillance and rescue mission to recover the crew of S.S. Mayaguez that was captured on May 12, 1975.

The helicopter went down on May 15 and 13 of the 26 people on board were rescued at sea.

In 1995, U.S. and Cambodian specialists conducted an underwater recovery of the helicopter crash site and located remains, personal effects and aircraft debris.

Between 2000 and 2004, all of those missing service members were identified except Pfc. Daniel A. Benedett of Seattle, Wash. His remains were accounted for in January and arrangements were made to bury the men at the same time. They will be laid to rest with full military honors at 11:00 a.m.

The Mayaguez incident was the last official battle of the Vietnam War

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