Published On: Mon, Sep 23rd, 2013

Remains of soldier killed in Vietnam, Staff Sgt Lawrence Woods, discovered nearly 50 years later

A family in Ft Meyers Florida received some shocking news this week as the remains of their loved one has been identified.

Staff Sgt Lawrence Woods photo supplied

Staff Sgt Lawrence Woods photo supplied

Lisa Szynamski confirmed that officials from the Past Conflict Repatriations Branch at Fort Knox, Ky., notified her on that remains found at a crash site are those of her father, Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported that family members were relieved to learn what happened to Woods, but struggling to comprehend information they weren’t sure they would ever receive. 

“I still can’t comprehend that this is really happening,” Szymanski told the newspaper. “God, I really thought I would die not knowing.

His son, Steve Woods, of Clarksville, Tenn., recalled the notifications his mother, who raised three children by herself, received after his father’s death.

“My mom got two telegrams. One in 1964 that said he was missing, and another one in 1965 that said he was (presumed) dead,” Woods told the newspaper.

Woods said that other family members gave up thinking that his father would ever be found, but he never did. He said Tuesday was “the happiest day of my entire life.”

“I never gave up on that. I held onto that,” he said. “After all these years, I can close the chapter on the book of his life. The precious Lord gave me a miracle.”

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