HORNE, STANLEY HENRY Remains Returned 08 April 1990 - ID Announced 14 November 1990 Name: Stanley Henry Horne Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 19 May 1926 Home City of Record: Los Angeles CA Date of Loss: 14 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 214300N 1045100E (WK078059) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Refno: 0986 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 February 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 2010. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief ("Thud"), in its various versions, flew more missions against North Vietnam than any other U.S. aircraft. It also suffered more losses, partially due to its vulnerability, which was constantly under revision. Between 1965 and 1971, the aircraft was equipped with armor plate, a secondary flight control system, an improved pilot ejection seat, a more precise navigation system, better blind bombing capability and ECM pods for the wings. The D version was a single-place aircraft. Maj. Stanley H. Horne was the pilot of an F105D Thunderchief dispatched on a mission over North Vietnam on January 14, 1968. At a point on the Red River near the city of Yen Bai in Nhgia Lo Province, Horne's aircraft was shot down and he was never seen again. Horne was declared Missing in Action. The U.S. Government believed the enemy knew his fate, but had no evidence to confirm this. Records on American military personnel were maintained in various government agencies. Raw intelligence data from Southeast Asia freqently first found its way into the files of the organization which came to be known as Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC). Many analysts believed JCRC records were the most complete and authoritative, since they contained largely raw data without benefit of analytical "muddling". In November 1973, JCRC received a cable from Defense Intelligence Agency which was copied to various high stations, including CIA, the Secretary of State and the White House. The cable stated JCRC should "take necessary action to delete any references pertaining to PW [Prisoner of War] status and place members in a new MIA code" the files of Stanley Horne and several others. Whether JCRC had intelligence that indicated Stanley Horne had been captured is unknown. Ironically, Horne went down very near one of the prison locations (at Yen Bai) which was determined to have held U.S. prisoners. Since American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in Indochina have been received by the U.S. Government. Many officials, having examined this largely classified information, have reluctantly concluded that many Americans are still alive today, held captive by our long-ago enemy. Whether Horne survived the crash of his aircraft to be captured by the enemy is certain not known. It is not known if he might be among those thought to be still alive today. What is certain, however, is that as long as even one American remains alive, held against his will, we owe him our very best efforts to bring him to freedom. In April 1990, remains were recovered which were subsequently identified as being those of Stanley Henry Horne. In November of the same year, the U.S. officially announced his return home after 22 years. [naf0617.95 06/18/95] NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FAMILIES FOR THE RETURN OF AMERICAS MISSING SERVICEMEN WORLD WAR II - KOREA - COLD WAR - VIETNAM FROM: DOLORES ALFOND - (206) 881-1499 BARB SWORSKI ---- (612) 378-1947 LYNN O'SHEA ----- (718) 846-4350 ... FROM THE SAME DOCUMENT, WE HAVE A REPORT ON MAJOR STANLEY HORNE. OUR JULY 3RD REPORTS PUTS MAJOR HORNE IN THE "LAST SEEN ALIVE CATEGORY." THE COMMENTS - AIRCRAFT HIT BY AIR TO AIR MISSILE FIRED BY MIG. A GOOD CHUTE WAS SEEN WITH BEEPERS. SAR NEGATIVE." MAJOR HORNE'S REMAINS WERE RETURNED ON APRIL 10, 1990. THE FORENSIC ANALYSIS READS " RECEIVED AS UNIDENTIFIED. REMAINS WERE 80 PERCENT COMPLETE WITH SIGNS OF BURIAL AND STORAGE. COMMINGLED BONES CONTAINED IMPACTED DIRT, DISINFECTANT, AND BROWN STAIN. POST-MORTEM FRACTURES OF VERTEBRAE, ONE RIB, AND BOTH FEMORAS WERE EVIDENT. REMAINS CONTAINED UNUSUAL ALTERATION OF LONGITUDINALLY- ORIENTED, NARROW GROOVES IN ALL LONG BONES, CRANIUM, SCAPULA AND HIP BONES INCONSISTENT WITH ANIMAL OR POST-DEPOSITIONAL DAMAGE." NEED WE SAY, MAJOR HORNE'S NAME WAS NOT ON THE LIST AS DIED IN CAPTIVITY. IF THE VIETNAMESE CAN'T TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT REMAINS HOW THE HELL, CAN WE EXPECT THEM TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR LIVE POW'S.... http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/doug_moe/article_4553b72e-ce59-11df-9424-001cc4c002e0.html
Doug Moe: Documentary on POW/MIA bracelet program features Madison
Wisconsin State Journal
The POW/MIA bracelet program was launched on Veterans Day 1970. Millions were distributed, many to individuals who didn't personally know those missing. ...