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Welcome. Just starting here - plan to have a great number of resources for all military veterans and those interested in such.
My dad was a veteran of WWII in the Navy. He served on the USS Forrest DD461/DMS-24.
My Adopted MIA Information:
Name: Harry Willis Brown
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: 50th Medical Detachment, 43rd Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade
Date of Birth: 16 August 1943
Home City of Record: Charleston SC
Date of Loss: 12 February 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 121721N 1074713E (ZU030600)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Wade L. Groth, Alan W. Gunn, Jerry L. Roe (all
SYNOPSIS: On February 12, 1968, SP5 Harry Brown, medic; 1Lt. Jerry Roe,
aircraft commander; WO Alan Gunn, pilot; and SP4 Wade Groth, crewchief, were flying a
UH1H (tail #66-17027) dispatched on a night medical evacuation mission
(dustoff). Dustoff 90 departed Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam for Gia Nghai
Special Forces camp.
As U.S. Air Force Tactical Control Radar operators at Ban Me Thuot tracked the
flight, the blip that was the UH1H dustoff chopper disappeared from the screen
at 2019 hours. The helicopter apparently went down 20 minutes outbound from its base in a mountainous region of Quang Duc Province.
An Army Infantry unit searched the apparent crash site near the Cambodian
border for 36 hours, but found neither the helicopter nor its crew. Snipers were not known to be in the area, and it is not believed the helicopter was
shot down, according to an Army report, indicating possible mechanical trouble.
In April 1969, CIA was asked to analyze the positive identifications made by a
rallier of a number of photographs of missing Americans. The rallier selected
the photos of both Harry Brown and Jerry Roe as two men he believed to have
been prisoners of war. CIA could not determine why the source selected them.
In 1979, Sean O'Toolis, an Irish-American, was touring Bong Song Camp, 40 miles
south of Hanoi, on an IRA gun-buying mission, when he alleges he met and spoke
with American prisoners, Brendon Foley and Wade Groth, a prison workmate of
Foley's. He also claims to have talked to men named MacDonald, Jenning and an
O'Hare or O'Hara. He brought a message to Foley's brother and fingerprints of
Foley and O'Hara. He identified old photos of Groth, and gave believable
descriptions of Foley and Groth. Neither family knows whether or not to believe
O'Toolis, as much of his account of his travels seems incorrect.
Whether the four men aboard the dustoff lost on February 12, 1968 survived to
be captured is unknown. The coincidence of two separate sources identifying
three members of the crew seems too strong to ignore. The U.S. Government does
not believe there is any substance to these reports. Based on thousands of
still-classified sighting reports, many experts believe hundreds of Americans
did survive, and are still alive, waiting to be brought home. If even one is
alive, he/she must be brought home.
We can't emphasize enough how important it is to keep pushing this issue
inside the Beltway...
The need to get specific answers is more important now
than ever before. If still alive, some MIAs are now in their 70s...They
don't have much time left. We have to demand the answers from the
bureaucrats and keep standing on their necks (figuratively speaking) until
they get the message that THEY work for US and that we are serious about
getting these long overdue responses.
Diplomatic considerations aside...We
can no longer allow questionable protocols established by
pseudo-aristocratic armchair strategists, to determine or influence the fate
of men who were "in the trenches" while the diplomats were sharing sherry and
canapes and talking about "Their Plans" for the future of Southeast Asia.
To get email addresses for your Congressmen and Senators please go to:
Email addresses for the President and Vice President are
If you would like to see what some others are doing in addition to writing
their Congressmen, Senators and the Whitehouse, go to the Operation Just
A remarkable site is by an 11 year old "angel" who has never even set foot
on American soil...She not only put up a page...she started a major project
for an organization of kids on the Net called KeyPals International.
Please visit Her MIA page and don't miss
her "Bring Grandpa Home" page
If you come away from that site without a lump in your throat, then you just weren't paying attention.
We urge you to help us "keep up the pressure" on the politicians and
bureaucrats and "demand" that answers be provided. Our POW/MIAs deserve
LET'S BRING THEM HOME NOW!
Calm Waters to you!
Please email me if you have any links that should be here (or if you just want to write! *smile*).
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