Never returned

roryanne muldrake By roryanne muldrake, 3rd Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Story of the only POW/MIA still missing today in history

Vietnam War POW/MIA's

The Vietnam War ended for our US troops when they left Vietnam in 1973.

On April 4, 1973, twenty-five-hundred POW/MIA's remained unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Over the years since, several POW/MIA groups demanded that the US government do all that it could to bring our troops home.

Between 1973 and 1975, the United States obtained remains of some of those POW/MIA's. The North Vietnamese also returned remains. However, the seizing of Saigon by the North Vietnamese, halted those efforts.

Eighteen-hundred remain missing today.

A Marine remains missing

Stanley Garwood Johnson was born on November 11, 1940, in Applegate, CA. The USMC listed him as MIA on December 3, 1965, in South Vietnam.

Other Personnel in Incident, all listed as Killed in Action:

Robert Henry White, USMC, born on October 16, 1939 in Honolulu, HI

Kirk Irwin Riley, USMC born on October 18, 1939, in Peoria, IL

Warren Leigh Dempsey, USMC, born on March 3, 1940, in Church Rock, NM

The following remarks submitted by HMM-364 Command Chronology Kenneth L. Gross, Maj. USMC (Ret)

Capt. Riley and his crew were the lead aircraft of a flight of six UH-34's on December 3, 1965. All aircraft were carrying a full complement of ARVN troops whose destination was an outpost known as Hiep Duc, just West of Tam Ky. The entire area was noted for being a very "hot spot".

Ken Gross relates, "We tried to go in as high as possible, though we were limited by somewhat low ceilings, which may have placed us approximately 2000 feet above ground level. The flight was in normal cruise when we reached the vicinity of UTM grid coordinates BY031273 where the Viet Cong fired on us with time delay fused mortars.

Unfortunately Capt. Riley's aircraft received a direct hit in the belly, where the fuel tanks were located, and they never stood a chance. Capt. Riley tried desperately to get the aircraft on the ground, but it was burning so fiercely he appeared to lose control and the aircraft rolled inverted and crashed.

Some info courtesy of Scopes POW/MIA


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3rd Dec 2010 (#)


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Dec 2010 (#)

pretty sad thing to end your life as a missing person.

Please read the publication notes I have sent as I offer help and suggestions - in this case you need to add tags.

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author avatar roryanne muldrake
4th Dec 2010 (#)

I see I forgot to put tags in. Thanks.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Dec 2010 (#)

It is very sad.
Good read, great subject to keep in peoples minds.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar roryanne muldrake
4th Dec 2010 (#)

I used to do a newsletter for the POW/MIA's. There's a group that works to gain a full accounting.

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