Remains of Goldsboro native found in Laos

Published: Feb. 23, 2018 at 11:04 AM EST
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The Air Force has officially identified remains found in Laos that belong to a Goldsboro native who was shot down nearly 50 years ago.

The remains of Col. Edgar Davis were recovered on January 18th.

Davis, an Air Force navigator, was shot down while on an RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber during an operational mission on September 17, 1968.

The colonel was initially reported missing in action, but then later declared dead after search and rescue teams were unable to find him.

Davis was a member of the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. He graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1953 and from NC State in 1958.

His name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Tomorrow, during the 2018 Annual Freedom Classic between the Air Force and Navy baseball teams, a white rose will be painted on a seat at Grainger Stadium in Kinston in his honor.