CLACK, CECIL JAMES Name: Cecil James Clack Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 12 August 1947 Home City of Record: Chester SC Date of Loss: 01 January 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 140031N 1073133E (YA728500) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1353 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On January 1, 1969, PFC Cecil Clack was taking part in a river crossing operation with his unit when he let go of the safety line and disappeared under the water about 200 meters downstream. Search efforts were conducted, but Clack was never located. He was listed as presumed dead, body not recovered. Clack is one of nearly 60,000 men and women who lost their lives in Vietnam. Because his body was not recovered, he is listed along with the dead, and also along with the missing. Although Clack, it seems clear, perished in the river crossing, many of the missing were alive and in good health when they disappeared. Many were in radio contact with would-be rescuers and informed them that they were about to be captured. Others were photographed in captivity, only to vanish from the prison system. Since the war ended in Vietnam, refugees have flooded the world, bringing with them stories of American soldiers still held prisoner in their homeland. Many authorities now believe that hundreds were left behind as living hostages. Clack apparently did not survive the events of January 1, 1969. His family has accepted that he is dead. They no longer expect him to come home someday. But hundreds of families wait expectantly and in the special agony only uncertainty can bring. Hundreds of men wait in caves, cages and prisons. How much longer will we allow the abandonment of our best men? It's time we brought them home.