FORD, EDWARD Name: Edward Ford Rank/Branch: E5/US Army Unit: Company B, 65th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 05 November 1941 Home City of Record: Birmingham AL Date of Loss: 09 December 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 110456N 1062010E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1337 Other Personnel In Incident: None missing 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 in 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On December 9, 1968, SP5 Edward Ford and PFC Leo S. Goralski were serving on a mine sweeping team in Hau Nghia Province, South Vietnam. These two men were operating a mine detector with the other engineers, and the unit they were supporting was following behind. It is believed that the two men were standing atop a 100-150 pound enemy mine when it exploded. A search was made of the area, but no identifiable remains were found. The following day, another engineer team found identifiable remains for Goralski. Inquiries of the provencial representative and local residents produced no leads or new information. JCRC was denied access to the site for further examination. Apparently, the case of Edward Ford is clear. He is listed among the dead because unless he had abandoned his position, he disappeared when the large mine exploded beneath him. His is also listed with honor among the missing because his remains were not recovered. The cases of all the missing are not so clear. Many were known to have been alive and well at the time they went missing. Some were photographed or otherwise identified as prisoners of war. Nearly 2500 Americans are missing, and experts now believe hundreds of them are still alive, captives of a long-ago enemy.