CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say the body of an 86-year-old retired general has been found in an Horry County pond.
Coroner Robert Edge says emergency responders found retired U.S. Army Lt. General James B. Vaught's body on Friday afternoon.
Edge says Vaught's family called authorities after he didn't return home from a visit to the pond. Emergency responders found his body in the pond and say they think he fell off of his pontoon boat into the water.
Edge says an autopsy shows Vaught died of asphyxia due to drowning but also showed signs of cardiac disease.
Vaught was drafted in 1945 and retired in 1983. After Vietnam, Vaught continued his career with the Army and was eventually promoted to Major General, serving at The Pentagon as Director of Operations and Mobilization for the Army.
He served with several divisions, including the 82nd Airborne, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as chief of staff for the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.
Vaught served his final tour of duty as a Lieutenant General serving in Korea, where he was the Commanding Officer of American and South Korean forces. He was currently residing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.