Remains of NC native missing for 50 years found near Vietnam

February 23, 2018
Col. Edgar Felton Davis

The remains of a Goldsboro native and North Carolina State University graduate killed in the Vietnam War almost 50 years ago have been recovered, officials said Friday.

Col. Edgar Felton Davis, an Air Force navigator with the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, was shot down Sept. 17, 1968, aboard an RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber during a mission 15 miles south of Sepone, in the Savannakhet Province of Laos, about 20 miles from the Vietnam border, officials said.

Davis was reported missing in action, but he was later declared deceased after search and rescue teams were unable to locate him or the aircraft wreckage.

His remains were recovered in Laos Jan. 18 by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Interment services are pending.

The 2018 Annual Freedom Classic, Air Force vs. Navy Baseball Series game on Feb. 24 at Grainger Stadium in Kinston will be played in honor of Davis, officials said. A white rose will be painted on the designated POW/MIA seat in the stadium in his memory.

Davis graduated from Brogden High School in Dudley in 1953. He was an ROTC Squadron Commander and a 1958 graduate of N.C. State.

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