GIAMMERINO, VINCENT FRANK Name: Vincent Frank Giammerino Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: C Co., 1st Btn, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 13 April 1947 Home City of Record: New York NY Date of Loss: 27 June 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 135131N 1081926E Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1217 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: PFC Vincent Giammerino was a rifleman on a Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) patrol in the Pleiku area of South Vietnam. Giammerino had departed on patrol and the unit was going to an area where they had previously encountered enemy contact. Shortly after the patrol began, it was discovered that Giammerino was not with his unit, nor could he be located. No enemy contact had been made during the patrol, but the possibility he was killed by a concealed enemy was considered, as was the possibility of his capture, and also that he simply was lost. Thorough searches were made of the area for the next 2 days without results. On the second day, an aircraft was employed using a loud speaker system, but Giammerino (nor any body) was ever found. Giammerino was classified Missing In Action. It is believed that there is a very good chance that the enemy knows his fate. He is among nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam. Since the war ended, over 6000 reports concerning Americans still alive in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many experts are completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are now held captive. One set of critics say that the U.S. has done little to address the issue of live POWs, preferring the politically safer issue of remains return. Others place the blame on the Vietnamese, for using the issue of POW/MIA to their political advantage. Regardless of blame, no living American has returned through the efforts of negotiations between the countries, and the reports continue to pour in. Are we doing enough to bring these men home?