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McLawhorn recounts how Ted Sampley, publisher and editor of the Kinston Dispatch, uncovered information that the remains in the Vietnam War Tomb of the Unknown were not unknown but known and that the Pentagon had covered it up. The remains were those of Lt. Michael John Blassie who was shot down and killed on May 11, 1972. He was re-interred twenty-six years later in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Sampley did two Vietnam tours with the Special Forces, and his awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge and two Bronze Star medals with V for Valor.