1059 – The search continues for Vietnam MIA Mike Klingner

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Jane Adams of Greeley, Colo., holds a photo of her first husband, Air Force pilot Mike Klingner. Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

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After Mike Klingner joined the Air Force, he was sent to the Vietnam War as a jet pilot. Credit Courtesy Jane Adams

Episode 1059 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will mark the 2017 Veterans Day remembrances by honoring the memory of another brave Vietnam Veteran who became an MIA after his plane was lost over the Kingdom of Laos. Air Force 1st Lt. Mike Klingner’s jet crashed into the remote mountains of that country and his remains were never recovered. He and Jane Adams had been married for a year and a half when he disappeared. Jane Adams has never forgotten the memory of her first husband.

This unhappy situation recalls back in episode 728 of this podcast when Maureen Dunn, one of the founders of the National League of Families of POWs and MIAs was highlighted. She too lost her husband, Lt. Joseph Dunn, in 1968 when his aircraft went down in the South China Sea. He was declared MIA. He had been married to Maureen for three years at that time

Both these ladies demonstrate the special pain and suffering endured by MIA families who in most cases do not even have the occasion of a funeral to bring closure to their losses. Recently there was a story published about Jane Adam’s terrible experiences as the wife of an MIA. It appeared on the University of Nebraska’s KUNC station titled:  Not Forgotten: Colorado Woman’s Promise To Missing Vietnam War Pilot and was submitted by Michael de Yoanna, Director of News Content at KUNC.

On the night of his departure to Vietnam Klingner asked his new bride to see that he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery if he died in the conflict.

For more than four decades after the Vietnam War ended, Adams is still hoping to bring Klingner even it is just a part of him back home for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Listen to episode 1059 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast and discover the full story of what Jane Adams has gone through since her first husband Mike Klingner was lost over Laos.


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