Full Name: FRANK AGUAN SABLAN
Wall Name: FRANK A SABLAN
Date of Birth: 8/3/1950
Date of Casualty: 3/1/1971
Home of Record: PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Casualty Country: CAMBODIA
Troops' Remains From Vietnam Era Buried
Thursday Nov 6, 2003
More than three decades after Army Warrant Officer Paul Black's helicopter was shot down by the Viet Cong, his remains were buried with those of three wartime comrades Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
About 50 mourners gathered under a drizzling rain with their hands over their hearts as a horse-drawn caisson carried the flag-draped casket. It contained the recently identified remains of Black, along with those from three other men who were on the Huey helicopter with him when it crashed and burned in Cambodia on March, 1, 1971.
Black, Warrant Officer Robert Uhl of San Mateo, California, Specialist Gary David from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and Specialist Frank Sablan of Phenix City, Alabama, were on an aerial reconnaissance mission at the time. Black, 22, was from Central Valley, California.
Black's remains were recovered by the military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in 1995, and then identified in early January, according to Gina Jackson with the Hawaii-based command.
His comrades' remains were recovered and identified in 1971, she said.
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Reviewed by: Michael Howard