Ellen Nakashima's article on the search for the remains of American MIAs in Laos, including my father, Col. Norman D. Eaton, and his navigator, Lt. Col. Paul E. Getchell, whose B-57 Canberra was shot down in January 1969, highlighted this country's dedication to closing the books on the fate of soldiers who dedicated their lives to its service ["In Laos, Sifting the Earth for American Dead," front page, May 1].

During the past year and a half, I have received two exhaustive reports prepared by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) detailing the work done in the excavation of my father's crash site in a remote, mountainous region of Laos. The reports included discussions of the terrain, the scope of the search, the methodology employed and the artifacts uncovered, including my father's dog tags, as well as fragments of the aircraft and personal belongings.

As the article noted, the search for remains will continue in June.

What I appreciated most about the article were the interviews with JPAC team members. They brought a human face to those responsible for the search. These dedicated men and women, in the field and in the lab stateside, should be commended. It is impossible to express my gratitude to these men and women for their unyielding efforts in locating my father's remains.


Coral Gables, Fla.