3 MACV-SOG MIA from Vietnam war recovered

3 US Army Special Forces Soldiers missing since 1969 have been found. The remains of

SFC. Donald M. Shue 5th SFGA
SSG. Gunther H. Wald 5th SFGA
SSG. William T. Brown 5th SFGA

Date of Loss: 03 November 1969
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 154800N 1064700E (XD643674)

The 3 men were attached to MACV-SOG, Command & Control North(MACV-SOG CCN). MACV-SOG was a joint service high command unconventional warfare task force engaged in highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia. The 5th Special Forces channelled personnel into MACV-SOG (though it was not a Special Forces group)through Special Operations Augmentation (SOA), which provided their "cover" while under secret orders to MACV-SOG. The teams performed deep penetration missions of strategic reconnaissance and interdiction which were called, depending on the time frame, "Shining Brass" or "Prairie Fire" missions.

It was on such a mission that SSgt. Brown, SSgt. Gunther Wald, SFC. Donald Shue and two of the six Montagnards went missing. The Americans and Montagnards were members of a patrol operating in Laos. The patrol team was attacked by a numerically superior force 30 miles inside Laos near Ban Chakevy Tai in Saravane Province. Four of the Montangards escaped and returned to camp to report the ambush and capture of their comrades.

When last seen, Brown had been wounded by a gunshot just below the rib cage. He was lying on the ground as the attackers shouted, "Capture the Americans". SSgt. Wald and SFC. Shue were also seen to receive numerous schrapnel wounds from a fragmentation grenade. The other team members were forced to withdraw leaving the others behind.

Due to bad weather, a recovery team could not reenter the area until November 11. They searched the entire area, but could only find some web gear which was identified as belonging to three of the indigenous team members and SFC. Shue. There was no trace of any graves, or of the three missing Americans. They were classified as Missing In Action.

Military confirms identity, releases information about soldier killed in Vietnam 41 years ago | People | Concord News
Whatever you may or may not think about the Vietnam war, these were brave men who died in the service of their country, doing what they thought was right. At least their next of kin can have closure on what must have been a very traumatic period for them, not knowing whether the men were dead or alive.

May they rest in peace.

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