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
SYNOPSIS:
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.