FELLOWS, ALLEN EUGENE Name: Allen Eugene Fellows Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 01 December 1931 Home City of Record: Minneapolis MN Date of Loss: 20 March 1968 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 162000N 1060000E (XD068059) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: O2A Refno: 1099 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: Allen Fellows had been in the Air Force 18 years when he took his O2A observation plane into Laos on a mission. While in flight, and somewhere about 30 miles southwest of the city of Sepone, Laos, his aircraft disappeared and was never found. No trace of Fellows was found. Allen's family, like the families of the other men lost in the Vietnam war, waited for news. At the end of the war a prisoner released occurred, but Allen, like the nearly 600 others lost in Laos, where the U.S. "wasn't at war", was not released. His family understood. The U.S. Government urged them to be patient. The CIA had a list of men held in Laos. The U.S. and the Pathet Lao still had to talk. Lao spokesmen indicated they held "tens of tens" of American prisoners in Laos. The years passed, and not a man came home. Finally, in 1979, Allen's family held a memorial service at the encouragement of the Air Force, hoping that it would help end their torture. It didn't. Reports mounted that Americans were still alive. Family members were slowly forced to conclude that the U.S. Government had not been fully truthful with them. They feared that their men had truly been abandoned. A decade after Allen's memorial service was held, the U.S. Government has not been successful in learning his fate. Reports relating to Americans prisoner, missing or unaccounted for still flow in, having reached a total of over 10,000. Many experts believe that hundreds of Americans are being held, but negotiations seem inadequate to bring any one of them home.