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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007 1:41 pm | Updated: 5:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - The remains of two Air Force pilots who were shot down during the Vietnam War have been recovered from a mountainous region of Vietnam. One was a Phoenix-area resident, Capt. Johnnie C. Cornelius.

The Defense Department says Cornelius and Maj. Robert Woods of Salt Lake City were on a reconnaissance mission when their O-2A Skymaster crashed June 26, 1968.

Search teams began surveying the site in Quang Binh Province 20 years later.

The government says two former North Vietnamese soldiers recalled the crash during interviews in 2006. In 2007, more human remain were recovered.

DNA and dental records helped confirm the identities.

The Pentagon says Cornelius was buried with full military honors on Nov. 10 in Moore, Texas, and Woods' burial is being arraigned by his family.

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