Rank/Branch: E9/US Air Force
Unit:Date of Birth: 02 August 1935
Home City of Record: Goldenrod FL (family in NH)
Date of Loss: 31 October 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 10400N 1070000E (YS224805)
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ford Truck
Other Personnel in Incident:
Thomas Moore; Charles G. Dusing (both POW),
Jasper Page, escapee
REMARKS: 6512 DIC-ON PRG DIC LIST
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Update by the P.O.W. NETWORK.
SYNOPSIS: On October 31, 1965, four U.S. Air Force personnel were captured while traveling by truck from Vung Tau to Saigon. This incident occurred on Route 15 at grid coordinates YS224805, just on the border of Binh Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces of South Vietnam. The individuals in this incident are SSgt. Samuel Adams, SSgt. Charles Dusing, TSgt. Thomas Moore and TSgt Jasper Page.
On November 2, 1965, while being taken to a detention camp, Jasper Page, managed to escape and return to U.S. control. It was reported that Samuel Adams had been shot during the same escape that freed Page, but a defector identified Adams' photo as a prisoner at a later date. CIA's analysis of this identification has been inconclusive. The names of all three appeared on the died in captivity list furnished by the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) in 1973 at the Paris Peace Accords. The list reflected that they had died during December 1965, but no details were given.
When 591 Americans were released at the end of the war in 1973, Adams, Dusing and Moore were not among them; their names were on a list. No bodies were returned to their families, even though the Vietnamese clearly know where to find the three men. Since that time, Vietnam has doled out handfuls of remains as the political atmosphere seemed appropriate, but Adams, Dusing and Moore remain unaccounted for.
The three are among nearly 2500
Americans who remain missing in Indochina. Unlike "MIA's" from other wars,
most of these men can be accounted for. Tragically, over 8000 reports concerning
Americans still in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. since
the end of the war. Experts say that the evidence is overwhelming that
Americans were left behind in enemy hands.