One of many missing but not forgotten, let’s bring them home in NOW !!
|Rank/Branch:O1/US Army||Country of Loss:South Vietnam|
|Unit:Advance Team 3, MACV||Loss Coordinates:164656N 1065415E (YD029563)|
|Date of Birth:26 September 1940 (Washington DC)||Status(in 1973): Missing in Action Category :2|
|Home City of Record:Harlan IA||Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1572
|Loss Date:12 March 1970||Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)|
Compiled 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 in 1998
On March 12, 1970 2Lt. Gary B.Scull was serving as assistant battalion advisor to the ARVN 2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment. On March 11, 2Lt.Scull had been assigned to an ARVN outpost which was responsible for guarding the Khe Gio Bridge south of Khe Sanh nar the Laos border. The outpost was protected by 1 U.S. manned M42 self-propelled anti-aircraftvehicles.
At about 0125 hours, the outpost came under enemy attack with Scull’s bunker being hit and catching fire. After the attack started, no one saw Scull,although an ARVN officer and one of the U.S. crewmen attempted to locate him on separate occasions. At 0415 hours, the surviving U.S. soldiers evacuated the outpost.
At 0700 hours, an ARVN company with U.S. advisors retook the outpost and made a search of the area for survivors and remains, but no sign of Scull was found.
In December 1974, a NVA rallier reported that in June 1971 he saw a U.S. POW in the vicinity of the outpost. The rallier’s description of the POW and the circumstances of capture of the POW match the incident involving Scull and the attack on the outpost.
Although intelligence analysts believe this report “matches” Scull’s loss information, he is not classified as a Prisoner of War, but as Missing In Action.
Since 1975, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Vietnam have reached U.S. authorities. Based on the information in these reports, most experts believe that Americans are still
alive today, held against their will in Indochina.
Scull’s fate remains unclear. If he was captured that day, he could be alive still, wondering why his country has abandoned him.
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