St. Paul airman’s remains come home after 46 years

Aircraft plunged into a Laotian jungle while at war

(AP) – The remains of a St. Paul airman have been returned to Minnesota 46 years after his aircraft plunged into a Laotian jungle while at war. 

A plane carrying the remains of Maj. Robert Olson arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday.

Olson’s widow, Mary Kay, and four of their five children were present.

Olson, then 32, was one of 10 airmen killed in the February 1969 crash.

Unable to positively identify all the remains, officials buried them together at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mary Kay Olson learned in September that DNA samples provided by the Olson family had produced a match good enough to identify her husband’s remains.

Her children chose Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

The Star Tribune reports a funeral will be held Monday.

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