A mother waited for more than 40 years to find out if her soldier son was dead or alive. When I interviewed her in 2005 (read Holding on to Hope), she hoped to live long enough to discover the truth. She died in 2013 not knowing the answer (though some said she found out when she passed, because maybe he was waiting on the other side).
For those still waiting on earth — family, friends, Vietnam brothers in arms — an answer has finally come.
The remains of 22-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Alan Boyer have been found, almost 50 years after the mystery began when he disappeared during a secret mission in Laos. DNA from Alan’s mom and sister, which was given many years ago, matches remains given by an “activist for peace” which she had obtained from three Lao nationals, “remains traders,” according to family.
At 1 p.m. June 22, the former Green Beret will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Alan is finally coming home.
Of course, there are still others waiting. May they also receive the answers they’ve been searching for (and deserve).