POW/MIA Affairs Committee Update November/December 2017


According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA), as of October 17 there were 1,602 still missing from the Vietnam War. 

Of these, 90 percent were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Cambodia or Laos under Vietnam’s wartime control.

The Departments of Defense and State on September 11 reported the current numbers of Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia: North Vietnam, 458; South Vietnam, 795; Laos, 294; Cambodia, 48; and, China, 7.

Of these, 90 cases have been deferred, while 488 cases have been determined to be unrecoverable. Since January 27, 1973, a total of 720 American remains have been recovered from Vietnam; 3 remains from China; 279 from Laos, and 42 from Cambodia. A total of 1,044 American remains have been repatriated.

This update reports the accounting of Navy Capt. James Reginald Bauder, previously missing from North Vietnam. Since August, DPAA has announced the identification of four U.S. servicemen from the Vietnam War. In addition to Bauder, there is Chief Master Sgt. Donald J. Hall, 1st Lt. Martin R. Scott, and 1st Lt. David T. Dinan III—all with the Air Force.

Your help is urgently needed. Write your elected officials to seek full funding for DPAA operations and personnel for Fiscal Year 2018 to handle worldwide accounting and recovery efforts.

By Grant Coates, POW/MIA Chair

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