World War II fighter ace and CIA pilot, nicknamed “Earthquake McGoon”. One of the first Americans to die in combat in Vietnam when his plane was hit by ground fire in 1954.
In 2007, the remains of a single individual were discovered in an unmarked grave near plane wreckage that was thought to correspond to the plane McGovern was flying at the time of his death. Genetic analyses confirmed these remains belonged to McGovern.
His mtDNA and Y-DNA profile were determined by analysis of his remains and confirmed by the analysis of maternal and paternal relatives.