According to an article in the September 2013 edition of Bits 'N' Pieces, in 1992 the North Vietnamese released photographs taken of each one of these eight Americans after they had been shot down.
In each case, the photographs provided conclusive evidence that the men had been killed when they were shot down. But that is all the North Vietnamese have ever done to return the remains of the eight American flyers who are Missing In Action.
Bits 'N' Pieces is the newsletter of the National Alliance of Families For the Return of America's Missing Servicemen.
In October 1992, President George H. W. Bush dispatched a high-level delegation to Hanoi.
At the time, the North Vietnamese released a large number of photographs including photos of downed aircraft, photos of the identification cards of the airmen who had been shot down, and photos of the remains of the airmen who had been shot down.
The remains of eleven American servicemen are shown in the photos The photographs prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the North Vietnamese knew the fates of these American eleven servicemen and the location of their remains.
- First Lieutenant Lee Aaron Adams, USAF
- Lieutenant Michael John Allard, USN
- Lieutenant Edward Andres Dickson, USN
- Colonel Marvin Nelson Lindsey, USAF
- Commander Doyle Wilmer Lynn, USN
- Captain Paul Truman McClellan, USAF
- Lieutenant Gilbert L. Mitchell, USN
- Colonel Joseph C. Morrison, USAF
- Lieutenant Commander Lee E. Nordahl, USN
- Captain John W. Seuell, USAF
- Lieutenant Colonel Hobart M. Wallace, USMC
Between 2000 and 2005, the North Vietnamese returned the remains of three of the eleven servicemen.
First Lieutenant Lee Aaron Adams, USAF
- * Remains Recovered 10-6-93
- * Remains Identified 3-17-05
Lieutenant Michael John Allard, USN
- * Remains Recovered 8-4-93
- * Remains Identified 10-21-00
Lieutenant Colonel Hobart M. Wallace, USMC
- * Remains Recovered 4-10-86
- * Remains Identified 3-27-02
But the remains of the remaining eight servicemen have never been returned by the North Vietnamese.
If you’ve never been shot at, you don’t have a clue about combat.
If you have never been there and done that, then you have absolutely no idea what is it like to wonder what happened to your best friend, each and every day.
God rescue you, wherever you are.
Vietnam, USAF, 1968-1969
Navy Lieutenant Edward Andres Dickson, has been Missing In Action since February 7, 1965 when he ejected from his A4E Skyhawk over open seas while returning from a bombing mission near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam.
Air Force Colonel Marvin Nelson Lindsey was a married father of three. Colonel Marvin was an RF-101 pilot assigned to the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron when he was shot down on a daytime photo reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam on June 29, 1965.
Navy Commander Doyle Wilmer Lynn was an F8U Crusader pilot assigned to VF-111 aboard the USS Midway in 1965. He was shot down near Vinh, North Vietnam on May 27, 1965. Vinh was one of the nastiest places on the face of the earth for an American aviator. Been there and done that; wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
Air Force Captain Paul Truman McClellan was an A1E Skyraider pilot, who was shot down about 38 miles southwest of Pleiku, South Vietnam on November 14, 1965 while flying a mission in support of units of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) fighting in the Ia Drang Valley. He was married and had five children.
Navy Lieutenant Gilbert L. Mitchell was a Bombardier Navigator (BN) on a Grumman A-6A Intruder assigned to Attack Squadron VA-75 aboard the USS Independence. He was shot down over Hai Phong, North Vietnam on March-6, 1968. A shipmate described Mitchell as a, “Hell of an Officer”.
Air Force Colonel Joseph C. Morrison was shot down on 25 November 1968. Major Joseph Morrison was the aircraft commander, and First Lieutenant San D. Francisco, pilot, were the crew of an F4D flying a reconnaissance-escort mission west of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam.
They were shot down in North Vietnam, just east of the Ban Laboy ford, one of the points where the Ho Chi Minh Trail crossed from North Vietnam into Laos. Ban Laboy was another really nasty place to fly.
Search and Rescue (SAR) forces established radio contact with Morrison, but radio contact was lost the next morning. The photograph released by the North Vietnamese shows Morrison dead at crash site. But the North Vietnamese have never returned Morrison’s remains.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Lee E. Nordahl is perhaps the most egregious case of the North Vietnamese using a dead American aviator for propaganda purposes.
Lee E. Nordahl was a reconnaissance/attack navigator (RAN) on a Boeing RA-5 Vigilante reconnaissance aircraft aboard the USS Kittyhawk, CVA-63.
The Vigilante pilot and the reconnaissance/attack navigator (RAN) sat in tandem under individual clamshell-type canopies. The RAN controlled all reconnaissance functions.
On December 20, 1965, Lee E. Nordahl and pilot Guy D. Johnson were shot down on reconnaissance mission near Hon Gay in Quang Ninh Province, North Vietnam.
In 1977, the Vietnamese returned the remains of Guy D. Johnson to American control. But they have never returned the remains of Lee E. Nordahl.
A shipmate described Nordahl as, “A fine Officer, Gentleman and Electronics Officer”.
The question is; where is Lee E. Nordahl and why haven’t the North Vietnamese returned his remains?
Captain John W. Seuell, USAF
Air Force Captain John W. Seuel, from Wheeling, Missouri, was a Weapon Systems Officer (Navigator-Bombardier) assigned to the 523RD Tactical Fighter Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based at Udorn, Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB) in Thailand.
He was shot down over North Vietnam on June, 6, 1972. He was 26 years old. His name is etched on Panel 1West, Line 38 of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC.
Why haven’t the North Vietnamese returned the remains of these American Servicemen?
Why hasn’t the American government demanded full accounting for the men who were shot down over North Vietnam?
How would you feel if that were your son or daughter who was Missing In Action (MIA).
It's time for Congress to take another look at the POW/MIA issue.
Make sure you contact your congressional representative, asking them to co-sponsor H.Res 231.