HOFF, SAMMIE DON Remains Returned 12/15/88 Name: Sammie Don Hoff Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 24 September 1941 Home City of Record: Kennedy TX Date of Loss: 30 August 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 173700N 1062000E (XE414481) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category:2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Refno: 0441 Other Personnel in Incident: Kenneth D. Robinson (remains returned) 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: EJECT - BRIEF RAD CTC SYNOPSIS: Captain Kenneth D. Robinson, pilot, and 1Lt. Sammie D. Hoff, bomber/navigator, were the crew of an F4C Phantom fighter/bomber sent on a mission over North Vietnam on August 30, 1966. When the aircraft was over Quang Binh Province, it was shot down, and the pilot gave the order to eject. Hoff, the backseater ejected first, and other aircraft in the area had brief radio contact with him. It is assumed that Robinson also safely ejected. The Hoff and Robinson families waited for seven years for the war to end and for their men to come home, but Hoff and Robinson were not released in 1973 when 591 American prisoners of war returned. The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of Hoff, Robinson, or the nearly 2500 others still missing, prisoner or unaccounted for. Since the war ended, both the Hoff and Robinson families have been haunted by uncertainty. Although nearly 10,000 reports concerning missing Americans in Southeast Asia were received, and many experts believed hundreds were still alive, they did not know whether to wish their men alive or dead. In early 1989, the U.S. announced that remains previously turned over to them by the Vietnamese had been positively identified as 1Lt. Hoff and Capt. Robinson. The question is, when did they die - and why has it taken so long for them to come home? And, of course, where are the others?