DEWBERRY, JERRY DON Name: Jerry Don Dewberry Rank/Branch: E4/US Marine Corps Unit: Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Date of Birth: 10 July 1948 Home City of Record: Ardmore OK Date of Loss: 05 July 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 164505N 1071143E (XD802409) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1223 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 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: Lance Corporal Jerry D. Dewberry was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines in Vietam. On July 5, 1968, just five days short of his twentieth birthday, Dewberry was part of a Marine unit sent on patrol in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. During the patrol, the unit came under enemy fire and Dewberry was hit. He was apparently believed to be dead and left behind. Dewberry was officially listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. Jerry D. Dewberry is listed among the missing because his remains were never found to send home to the country he served. For his family, the case seems clear that he died on that day. The fact that they have no body to bury with honor is not of great significance. For other who are missing, however, the evidence leads not to death, but to survival. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports received relating to Americans still held captive in Indochina have convinced experts that hundreds of men are still alive, waiting for their country to rescue them. The notion that Americans are dying without hope in the hands of a long-ago enemy belies the idea that we left Vietnam with honor. It also signals that tens of thousands of lost lives were a frivolous waste of our best men.