FRITS, ORVILLE BILL Remains Recovered 670522 - ID'D 670523 Name: Orville Bill Frits Rank/Branch: E7/US Army Unit: Date of Birth: 03 November 1931 Home City of Record: Concord CA Date of Loss: 20 May 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 164500N 1071200E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Recovered Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Other Personnel in Incident: William M. Grammar (killed) Refno: 0698 Source: Compiled 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: 670522 REMS RECOV - ID 670523 SYNOPSIS: U.S. Army Sgt. Orville Bill Frits and U.S. Marine 1Lt. William Michael Grammar were both involved in ground fighting against Viet Cong and NVA forces near the city of Quang Tri in the northern portion of South Vietnam on May 20, 1967 and were captured by the North Vietnamese. The enemy position was eventually taken and American troops found the tortured and executed bodies of Frits and Grammar. The 1st Marine Division had been involved in Operation Union in the nearby Provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Tin for 27 days only a few days earlier. During this operation, nearly 1000 of the enemy were killed. Perhaps the brutal deaths of Frits and Grammar could be explained as retribution of some sort; it was never known for sure. Grammar was not declared missing, his remains having been recovered and identified in a relatively short period of time. Frits, however, was initially placed in a Missing In Action category until his remains were recovered on May 22 and subsequently politively identified the following day. Frits and Grammar are examples of the darker side of war - that side which takes men beyond "kill or be killed" and into the realm of cold blooded murder. Although this sort of incident would be considered a war crime by any definition, the Vietnamese have never been brought to account for actions such as the murders of Bill Frits and Bill Grammar. Nor have the Vietnamese been forced to abide by the treaty they signed which requires them to account for the thousands of Americans lost in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the war. Tragically, nearly 10,000 reports of Americans still missing, prisoner or unaccounted for have reached U.S. hands, convincing many authorities that hundreds of Americans are still alive in captivity. Will our government ever be inclined to force their release, or like countless other injustices, will we simply choose to ignore the problem?