Missouri military men’s remains ID’d, coming home 63-years after Alaska

Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing (left) and Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald

Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing (left) and Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald

 

Remains from two Missouri military men unaccounted for since the 1952 crash of an Air Force plane in Alaska have been identified and are coming home for burial.

Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing and Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald were among 52 men who died November 22, 1952, when the C-124 Globemaster crashed into Mount Gannett in Alaska. Not long after the crash the wreckage was lost. It was rediscovered in 2012 some 16 kilometers from the crash site where it had been carried by the Colony Glacier. Since then military teams have gone to the site to recover any remains and wreckage they could before they are carried into nearby Lake George.

Friday morning the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System contacted members of Unger’s and Jackson’s families and told them remains had been identified has belonging to those men. Those family members talked to Missourinet. Friday morning the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System contacted members of Unger’s and Jackson’s families and told them remains had been identified has belonging to those men. Those family members talked to Missourinet.

Unger’s son Raymond told Missourinet he was surprised.

“It almost looks like you couldn’t find anything there,” said Unger of the wreckage site. “It feels like I’m going to get a little closure.” Unger’s sister, Theresa Bowland, emotionally told Missourinet the identification means a great deal to her.

 

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