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FOWLER, ROY GILLMAN
Name: Roy Gillman Fowler
Rank/Branch: E4/USN Reserves
Unit: USS CONSTELLATION (crewman)
Date of Birth: 03 November 1946 (Washington DC)
Home City of Record: Annandale VA
Date of Loss: 02 October 1969
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 175402N 1073602E (YE754810)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Personnel In Incident: Terry L. Beck; Richard W. Bell; Michael
L. Bowman; Frank Bytheway; Rolando C. Dayao; Donald C. Dean;
Herbert H. Dilger; Carl J. Ellerd; James J. Fowler; Roy G.
Fowler; Leonardo M. Gan; Paul E. Gore; William D. Gorsuch;
Rayford J. Hill; Delvin L. Kohler; Howard M. Koslosky;
Robert B. Leonard; Richard A. Livingston; Ronald W.
Montgomery; William R. Moore; Paul K. Moser; Kenneth M.
Prentice; Fidel G. Salazar; Keavin L. Terrell; Michael
J. Tye; Reynaldo R. Viado (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from
one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government
agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK.
SYNOPSIS: On October 2, 1969, a C2A "Greyhound" cargo
aircraft from Reserve Cargo Squadron 50 departed Cubi
Point Naval Air Station, Republic of the Philippines on
a shuttle flight to various aircraft carriers in the Gulf
of Tonkin in Vietnam, including the USS CONSTELLATION, the
USS WALKER, the USS HAMMER, and the USS LONG BEACH.
The flight crew onboard the aircraft, assigned to Fleet Support
Squadron 50 based in Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, included
the pilot, Lt. Herbert H. Dilger; co-pilot, Lt. Richard A.
Livingston; air crewman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul K. Moser;
aircraft captain, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael J. Tye; and
loadmaster-trainee, Petty Officer 3rd Class Rayford J. Hill.
Most of the twenty passengers appear to be bound for the
USS CONSTELLATION, but one was bound for the USS LONG BEACH,
one of the four Philippine citizens onboard was headed for
the USS HAMMER, and two to the USS WALKER.
The aircraft was inbound to the CONSTITUTION and made
communication at about 0600 hours, reporting that operations
were normal. When communicatons were established with the
Carrier Air Control, control was passed to the Marshall
controller (Approach Control). The carrier's radar continued
tracking the aircraft until approximately 0655, at which time
radar contact was lost at about 10 nautical miles from the
Helicopter search and rescue efforts were immediately initiated
from the ship. The helicopter began sighting an oil slick and
debris. A few pieces of aircraft were recovered, and analysis
of this debris indicated that the aircraft was in a relatively
high speed nose down, right wing down impact with the water or
had a possible right wing failure before impact. There was no
sign of survivors, nor were any bodies recovered.
The crew and passengers onboard the C2 which went down on
October 2, 1969 were all declared Killed/Body Not Recovered.
There is very little hope that they will ever be found. They
are listed with honor among the missing because no remains
were ever located to repatriate to their homeland.
For many of the missing, however, solutions are not so simple.
Several were photographed in captivity, but never returned.
Others were alive and well the last they were seen awaiting
rescue. Still others described their imminent captures. For
the families of these men, the years have passed
Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans
missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S.
Government. Many officials who have reviewed this largely
classified information are convinced that hundreds of Americans
are still alive as captives in Southeast Asia. It's time we
brought our men home.