COOK, DWIGHT WILLIAM REMAINS RETURNED 06/94 IDENTIFIED 10/95 Name: Dwight William Cook Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 08 July 1948 Home City of Record: Center Point IA Loss Date: 21 September 1972 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 191900N 1030900E (UG056368) Status (in 1973): Killed In Captivity Category: 1 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Refno: 1926 Other Personnel In Incident: Rogert W. Carroll Jr. (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 with material clipped from several notated files. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Roger Carroll Jr. was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Kansas City, Missouri when he was six years old. The oldest child, Roger was very fond of his younger sister and brother. He was raised in a Christian home, was an honor student, and active in sports. Roger knew from an early age that he wanted to be a pilot. Roger entered the University of Kansas to study aviation engineering. While at KU, Roger joined the Air Force and became a navigator on B-47 and B-52 aircraft. Wanting to be a pilot still, Roger took pilot training and earned his wings flying T-38 and F-100 aircraft. After one tour in Vietnam, Roger returned to the States to train other young pilots until he again took training himself, this time on the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber jet. His second tour of Vietnam began in early 1972. He told his parents, "If anything ever happens to me, don't come looking for me. You won't find me. The aircraft is such a bomb that if one hits the ground or something hits it, it just explodes." Maj. Carroll was assistant to the commander, and did not ordinarily fly combat missions, but begged for the chance to fly, and was allowed to fly twice-weekly missions. On September 21, 1972, Carroll was sent on a mission over the strategic Plain of Jars region in Laos. His weapons/systems officer was 1LT Dwight W. Cook, a young Air Force officer. The Plain of Jars region of Laos had for years been an intense area of struggle between the communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao armed forces. Millions of U.S. dollars had been secretly committed to the strengthening of anti-communist strongholds in the Plain of Jars for some years. About one year before Carroll and Cook were shot down in this area, Nixon's secret campaign in Laos had become public. The area had been defended with the help of U.S. aircraft; the anti-communist troops, primarily a secret CIA-directed force comprised of some 30,000 indigenous tribesmen, were, in part, kept resupplied by CIA. Because Laos was "neutral" under the terms of the Geneva convention, and because the U.S. continually stated they were not at war with Laos (although we were regularly bombing North Vietnamese traffic along the border and conducted assaults against communist strongholds thoughout the country at the behest of the anti-communist government of Laos), and did not recognize the Pathet Lao as a government entity, the nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos were never recovered. During the mission, Carroll's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Roger's prediction was correct. The largest piece of aircraft remaining was no larger than three feet across. A week after the aircraft crashed, a search party found several pieces of flight clothing and a human hip socket at the site. They found identification that belonged to Cook, but it was evident that the enemy had reached the plane first. Carroll and Cook were classified as having "died in captivity." It is unclear whether the two were captured and later died, were executed on the spot, or perhaps tortured and mutilated as was sometimes deemed the punishment for captured pilots. Neither Carroll nor Cook were promoted after their loss incident, which seems to indicate the U.S. has positive information that they were killed quickly. The Defense Intelligence Agency further expanded Carroll's and Cook's classification to include an enemy knowledge ranking of 1. Category 1 indicates "confirmed knowledge" and includes all personnel who were identified by the enemy by name, identified by reliable information received from escapees or releasees, reported by highly reliable intelligence sources, or identified through analysis of all-source intelligence. By 1980, Carroll and Cook had been classified killed in action because there was no verified information that they were alive. But the Department of Defense still believes the Lao hold the answers to their fate. The Pathet Lao stated that they would release the "tens of tens" of American prisoners they held only from Laos - when agreements were reached with the U.S. to halt their bombing there. Agreements were never made, and no American held in Laos was released, even though nearly 600 Americans were lost in Laos. Tragically, over 10,000 reports have been received by the U.S. relating to the men missing in Southeast Asia, and many authorities believe hundreds of them are alive today. Roger Carroll's mother died in 1986, still believing her son was alive. The Air Force has never fully informed Roger's family of the events of September 21, 1972. ---------------------------- [ssrep7.txt 02/09/93] Senate Select Committee Report SMITH 324 COMPELLING CASES Laos Roger W. Carroll Dwight D. Cook (1926) On September 21, 1972, Carroll and Cook were the crew on-board an F-4D on a combat operation over the Plain of Jars area of Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. A forward air controller operating with them observed them crash, apparently after being hit by hostile antiaircraft fire. He saw no parachutes prior to or after their aircraft impacted and heard no beepers. Both airmen were declared missing in action. First Lieutenant Cook's blood chit was reportedly recovered from the crash site and sent to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center on November 11, 1972 and there were human remains reportedly seen at the crash site at the time the blood chit was recovered. American POWs returning during Operation Homecoming were unable to provide information on their precise fate. They were later declared killed in action, body not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death. In 1983, the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) received hearsay information of a crash site in the area of this loss incident. In 1986 JCRC interviewed another source in Thailand who reported having been at a crash site in Laos at the location of this loss incident. The aircraft was scattered over a wide area. The source reported seeing bones at the site and these were left in place. JCRC received more reports in 1987 and 1988 describing a crash site with human remains and artifacts. All these reports were believed to correlate to this loss incident. ------------------ [324.txt 12/29/92] Bob Smith New Hampshire United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. POW/MIAs WHO MAY HAVE SURVIVED IN CAPTIVITY Prepared by the Office of Senator Bob Smith Vice-Chairman, Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs December 1, 1992 Cook, Dwight W. USAF -identified as POW by Thai returnees, 1973. -possibly captured according to NSA intercept correlation. --------------------------- [bits1028.95 11/01/95] NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FAMILIES FOR THE RETURN OF AMERICA'S MISSING SERVICEMEN WORLD WAR II - KOREA - COLD WAR - VIETNAM DOLORES ALFOND - VOICE/FAX (206) 881-1499 LYNN O'SHEA ---- VOICE/FAX (718) 846-4350 BITS 'N' PIECES OCTOBER 28, 1995 ************* ON OCTOBER 23, 1995 THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THE IDENTIFICATION OF 14 SERVICEMEN. THE NAMES OF THREE WERE WITHHELD AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILIES. GROUP BURIALS WILL BE HELD AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER FOR: THE CREW OF AN AC130 LOST OVER LAOS NOV. 24, 1969 - CAPT. EARL C. BROWN, LT. COL. RICHARD O GANLEY, MAJ. MICHAEL D. BALAMONTI, MAJ. PETER R. MATTHES, CHIEF MASTER SGT. REXFORD J. DE WISPELAERE, CHIEF MASTER SGT. CHARLES R. FELLENZ, CHIEF MASTER SGT. LARRY I. GREWELL, AND CHIEF MASTER SGT. DONALD L. WRIGHT. GX2527 - THE VERIFIED USAF AUTHENTICATOR CODE, BELONGS TO MAJOR PETER R. MATTHES, SOON TO BE INTERNED AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY IN A GROUP BURIAL. A SOURCE REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FAMILIES THAT NO REMAINS ASSOCIATED TO PETER MATTHES WERE IDENTIFIED. TO US THAT MEANS THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF PETER MATTHES' DEATH. IN FACT, IDENTIFIABLE REMAINS WERE RECOVERED FOR ONLY ONE CREWMAN. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS NOT PROVING DEATHS, THEY ARE DECLARING DEATHS BY ASSOCIATION. ANOTHER GROUP BURIAL SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER INVOLVES THE CREW OF A F 4-D LOST SEPTEMBER 21, 1972 OVER LAOS. THE CREWMEN, ASSIGNED CASE NUMBER 1926, ARE - MAJ. ROGER W. CARROLL AND 1ST LT. DWIGHT W. COOK. WHAT DOES OUR INTELLIGENCE SAY ABOUT THIS CREW? A STUDY COMPLETED, IN 1992, BY THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, FOR THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE SAID, IN PART, OF CASE 1926 "THE 120TH AAA BATTALION OF THE 284TH AAA REGIMENT SHOTDOWN ONE F 4 AND CAPTURED ONE OF THE PILOTS AT 1556Z ON 26 SEPTEMBER 72. DIA C ONCURS WITH THE INITIAL [BLANK] CORRELATION FOR THIS CASE. THE [BLANK] INDICATES AT LEAST ONE OF THE CREW WAS CAPTURED AND ONE WAS DEAD. THIS INFORMATION HAS ALREADY BEEN INCORPORATED IN AN ALL SOURCE POSITION FOR THIS REFNO. THIS RECENT REVIEW OF THE [BLANK] DID NOT ADD ANYTHING NEW TO REFNO 1926." OUR SOURCE REFUSED TO COMMENT ON THE WHO WAS IDENTIFIED FROM THIS FLIGHT. AN INDIVIDUAL BURIAL WILL BE HELD FOR COL. IVAN D. APPLEBY, LOST OCTOBER 7, 1967.