ALLGOOD, FRANKIE EUGENE
Name: Frankie Eugene Allgood
Rank/Branch: O5/US Marine Corps
Unit: HMM 363, Marine Air Group 11
Date of Birth: 01 May 1930
Home City of Record: Hope/Ft. Scott KS
Date of Loss: 26 March 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 161408N 1080740E (AU930130)
Status (in 1973): Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D
Refno: 1103
Other Personnel In Incident: Glenn W. Mowrey; Larry E. Green; Richard Evancho;
Ernest C. Kerr (all 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: PIL/COP RES - ALL SEARCH FAIL - J
SYNOPSIS: The Sikorsky UH34D Seahorse was a vital aircraft in Vietnam, serving
as transport of both personnel and materiel. The Seahorse and its pilots
particularly distinguished themselves throughout the spring of 1968 during one
of the most crucial and bitterly contested struggles of the Vietnam War -- the
Tet Offensive.
On March 26, 1968, a UH34D was serving as a medevac helicopter in South Vietnam.
The crew consisted of the pilot and co-pilot, as well as CPL Larry E. Green,
crew chief; and LCPL Ernest C. Kerr Jr., gunner. They were transported wounded
Marines for medical treatment.
LTC Frankie E. Allgood had been wounded in the temple by shrapnel; LCPL Richard
Evancho and CPL Glenn W. Mowrey were also injured. These three were being
medevaced onboard the UH34D. The helicopter crossed a stretch of the South China
Sea during adverse weather conditions. The helicopter crashed into the sea about
three miles from its destination, Da Nang, South Vietnam.
Search teams were dispatched at once, and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued.
Crew members Kerr and Green were not rescued, nor were the other occupants of
the helicopter, including the badly wounded Frankie Allgood. All were presumed
drowned and were classified Killed, Body Not Recovered. Because the medevac was
apparently not struck by hostile fire, the incident was deemed non-battle
related.
For the men aboard the Seahorse lost on March 26, 1968, death seems a certainty.
For hundreds of others, however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the
torment of nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia
is the certain knowledge that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of
war were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be
prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when
last seen alive. Many were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to
disappear without a trace.
The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of those
who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in the general
public who realize the full implication of leaving men unaccounted for at the
end of a war.
Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still alive
in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of us? What
will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to bring these
men home from Southeast Asia?
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NETWORK NOTE: It is our belief this is a "marker" only, as no announcement
of remains identification has surfaced for LtCol Allgood. He is NOT noted as
remains returned by DoD.
Subject: Lt. Col Frankie E. Allgood
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 20:52:33 -0800
From: "LJ Allgood" <THECYBERSIDE@prodigy.net>
Thought you may be interested:
While doing genealogy for ALLGOOD I came across tons of info about Lt. Col
Frankie Eugene Allgood - US Marine Corps being listed as MIA/POW.
DOB: 5/1/1930
DOD: 3/26/1968.
I also discovered that he is listed as buried at Fort Scott National
Cemetery.   Fort Scott, Bourbon County, KS
This info can be located at: www.interment.net/default.htm   DOB/DOD matches.
He was buried 4/21/1968. PLOT: MA017
Verified on the website by VA Cemetery Verification Project.
What do you think?  Is it him?   Or whats buried there??  I have come across
a listing of men buried without remains and didn't see him included.
The direct link to his page in the cemetery listing, but I don't know if you
can go directly to it is:
www.interment.net/data/us/ks/bourbon/ftscott/index_a.htm
You may have to go through the main site URL mentioned above and enter his
name, etc.
Linda J Allgood