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The Vietnam War

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The Latest Statistical Data -- as of October 17, 2006
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BACKGROUND: The Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Service, and the Department of State report the current numbers of Americans who are unaccounted for in Southeast:

Americans Unaccounted for in Southeast Asia

Component Country of Loss
VN VS LA CB CH Totals
Army 9 450 90 24 0 573
Navy 262 89 19 0 7 377
Marine Corps 22 173 16 8 0 219
Air Force 192 155 229 17 0 593
Coast Guard 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civilians 1 20 8 5 0 34
Totals 486 887 362 54 7 1,796 *
 

Pursuit Status

Further Pursuit 207 489 297 45 4 1,042
Deferred 30 44 24 5 0 103
No Further Pursuit 249 354 41 4 3 651
Totals 486 887 362 54 7 1,796

VN=North Vietnam   VS=South Vietnam   CB=Cambodia   CH=China   LA=Laos

* Includes 468 at sea/over water losses 

AMERICANS ACCOUNTED FOR POST-1973 REPATRIATED BY:

Repatriated by:

Country

Current

Vietnam 608
China 3
Laos 210
Cambodia 29
Total 850

 

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT EFFORTS: Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, the U.S. Government has acquired 22,677 reports possibly pertaining to Americans in Southeast Asia:

Summary of Reports

 

Current

Firsthand Live Sightings 1,989
Hearsay Sighting Reports 5,281
Crash/Grave Sites 5,784
Dog tags 9,783
Total 22,837
 
  • Of the 1977 firsthand reports received since 1975, 1942 (or 97.64%) reports are resolved.

    • 1341 (67.42%) reports were equated to Americans who are accounted for (i.e., PW returnees, missionaries, civilians jailed at various times for violation of Vietnamese codes.)

    • 45 (2.26%) reports correlate to wartime sightings of military personnel or pre-1975 sighting of civilians who remain unaccounted for.

    • 556 (27.95%) reports were determined to be fabrications.

  • The remaining 47  (2.36%) unresolved firsthand reports represent the focus of the U.S. Government analytical and collection efforts:

    • 43 (2.16%) pertain to Americans reported in a captive environment.

    • 4  (0.20%) reported sightings of Americans in a non-captive environment (i.e., working as truck drivers; married with Vietnamese family).

  • Since mid-1982, 9,783 "dog tag" reports on 10,000 individuals reveal the following trends:

    • Generally speaking 93% of those names reported are individuals who returned to the U.S. alive

    • 5% correspond to U.S. remains that have been recovered/identified and buried in the U.S.

    • and 2% relate to individuals who remain unaccounted for.

  • In all instances, dog tag reports receive thorough investigative attention, to include informing the military services of those reports with valid names so next of kin can be advised as appropriate.

The following timeline presents an overview of unresolved firsthand sightings by the year of the sighting:

Timeline: Unresolved Live Sighting Reports

 

Pre-76 76-80 81-85 86-90 91- 95 96-2000 2001-2005 2006-2010 Total
35 3 0 1 0 4 4 0 47

 

Statistics are provided by the Defense POW/MIA Office

http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/pmsea/statistical_reports.htm

 

 


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