HENDERSON, ALEXANDER DECEASED 2001
Name: Alexander Henderson Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: under contract to USG Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 01 February 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162734N 1073551E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground REFNO: 1023
Other Personnel in Incident: Daves, Gary CIV (released); Gostas, Theodore, USA (released); Meyer, Lewis CIV (released); Olsen, Robert CIV (Released); Page, Russell CIV (Released); Rander, Donald USA (Released); Rushton, Thomas CIV (Released); Spalding, Richard CIV (Released); Stark, Lawrence CIV attached to USN (Released); Willis, Charles CIV (Released).
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 14 February 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources and information provided by Ret. Major Gostas.
REMARKS: 730316 Released by PRG
Henderson was working in the northern part of South Vietnam during TET '68 when Hue came under seige. Ret. Major Ted Gostas recalls being trapped in the city without his radio, and being unable to warn hundreds of 5th Marines as they walked into an ambush. Government records indicate Henderson and 11 others were captured soon afterward. Ten of those were civilians working with the Vietnamese.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
ALEXANDER HENDERSON Civilian Captured: February 1, 1968 Released: March 16, 1973
I am a civilian working for Pacific Architects and Engineers under contract to the U.S. Government. I was the Installation Manager at Phu Bai about eight miles from Hue. I first joined P.A. & E. in 1966 as Mechanical Supervisor Chief of Utilities and Installation Manager.
I enjoyed the work I was doing. It gave me a great satisfaction to know I was in a small way doing my part to stop communism. I will not go into all the details of my capture for it is very much the same as the other civilian and military POWs. Life in a POW camp is not a pleasant experience. After not hearing from my family for over five years it was a great surprise to me when I stepped on the plane in Hanoi March 16, 1973 to find that my family was all in good health and that I had five grandchildren of which I knew nothing. I had none when I left for Vietnam five years earlier.
I want to thank the American people for their concern for the POWs and MIAs.
God Bless America.