published Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Remains of Clarksville Vietnam MIA found nearly 50 years after plane shot down

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    Steve Woods cries as he holds a photo of his father's medals. Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods of 5th Special Forces Group has been missing in action since Oct. 24, 1964, when his plane was shot down near the border of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Woods family was notified on Tuesday that his remains have been found. / THE LEAF-CHRONICLE/ROBERT SMITH
    Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — The family of a Vietnam-era 5th Special Forces Group soldier, Clarksville native Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, reported on Tuesday that his remains had been found, nearly 49 years after his plane was shot down over Cambodia in Oct. 1964.

Grandson Bobby Woods told The Leaf-Chronicle late Tuesday afternoon that his aunt, Lisa Szymanski of Fort Myers, Fla., had been contacted by representatives of the Past Conflicts Repatriation Branch in Fort Knox, Ky., and informed of the find.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Bobby Woods. “Today is my daughter’s 5th birthday and we get this news that they found my grandfather. I just can’t believe it.”

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