ALWAN, HAROLD JOSEPH Name: Harold Joseph Alwan Rank/Branch: O4/US Marine Corps Unit: VMA 121, Marine Air Group 12 Date of Birth: 04 August 1934 Home City of Record: Peoria IL Date of Loss: 27 February 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 150500N 1085100E (BT930320) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E Refno: 0603 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 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. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Harold Alwan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1956. There, he was involved in ROTC and graduated as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps with an engineering degree. He decided to make his career as a Marine pilot, and served on bases in Quantico, Virginia and Cherry Point, North Carolina before he was assigned to Vietnam as a Major. On February 27, 1967, Alwan was on a one-man, one-aircraft mission when his plane disappeared over South Vietnam. Alwan had just completed an aircraft test and had checked in for a helicopter escort mission. Alwan's family was given three locations of loss, two over land and one over sea, where Alwan's plane went down. The Pentagon was not sure, having no witnesses, what happened and where. The Defense Department now lists the official location of loss as over the South China Sea, just southeast of the city of Quang Ngai in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. For three days following the crash of the aircraft, however, an emergency radio beeper signal was heard. Alwan's was the only plane missing in the vicinity, and his family is certain the beeper was Alwan's. Alwan's family identified a prisoner of war in Hanoi from a Christmas propaganda film released by the Hanoi government. The U.S. Government identified the same photo as a returned POW (although they declined to give his name), yet later provided the same photo to Alwan's family as an unidentified POW who was never released from Hanoi. Harold Alwan's family hopes that he died in the crash of his plane in 1967. They cannot endure the thought that he has been held prisoner all these years knowing he was willingly abandoned by the country he so proudly served. They have resolved themselves to accept whatever truth they are able to learn about Alwan, but that truth is not forthcoming--from either the U.S. Government or the Vietnamese.