KARST, CARL FREDERICK The symbol on the Wall next to Carl's name was changed from a cross (MIA) to a star (KIA) April 30, 1994. Remains were identified. Name: Carl Frederick Karst Rank/Branch: Colonel USAF Unit: Pleiku, South Vietnam Date of Birth: 27 October 1930 Home City of Record: Galatia KS Loss Date: 16 November 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212659N 1052546E Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: O1F Refno: 1323 Other Personnel In Incident: Capt. Nguyen X. Quy (VNAF - 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. SYNOPSIS: On November 16, 1968, (then) Major Carl F. Karst, pilot, and Capt. Nguyen X. Quy, VNAF observer, departed Pleiku in an O1F on a visual reconnais- sance mission over South Vietnam. At 1640 hours (4:40 p.m.), shortly after takeoff, Karst reported that his position was two nautical miles east of Plei- ku, and that he was proceeding with his mission. When subsequent attempts to raise Karst by radio failed, a search began. The search continued for three days without success. Karst was classified Missing in Action. A few months later, a Vietnamese informer reported information given him by a NVA/VC propaganda team that Karst's aircraft was shot down by small arms fire and the Vietnamese observer was killed. The informer stated that Karst evaded to the south, but was captured and executed in a village in northern Phu Bon Province. The informant did not witness any of these events. The report was considered inaccurate because the a NVA/VC team was known for coloring stories to impress the local population, and because Karst was very knowledgeable of the location of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units in the area. Those who knew Karst agreed that he would not have evaded to the south, but rather to the west where he knew he might reach friendly forces and safety. In December 1983, a refugee turned over two bone fragments and a rubbing of a metal ID tag bearing Karst's name to U.S. officials in Malaysia. He stated that he had been given the remains and rubbing by a Buddhist monk in 1981. The refugee was told that the remains were among 7 American remains recovered at an unspecified location in the Central Highlands. By 1984, U.S. officials had received a series of reports from eight separate sources reported information concerning the alleged remains and dog tags of Karst. Four provided information solely on Karst, while the other four sources related Karst's name to other Army personnel who had returned from Vietnam at the end of their tours. Whether any of the reports relating to Carl Karst are true is not known. It is apparent, however, that someone knows his fate and that of his observer. Karst is one of nearly 2500 Americans who remain missing in Southeast Asia. Unlike MIAs from other wars, most of the missing can be accounted for. Tragically, based on thousands of reports received by the U.S. Government, many are still alive in captivity. They must be brought home.
------------------------------------------From: "Don Napell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have an elderly lady that I help take care of. She recently moved to an assisted living facility and was not able to bring all of her things with her. Upon going through her things, I found the MIA bracelet for Col Karst. She told me that she had worn it for over 30 years. The amazing thing was that I know the Karst family. It gave me great honor to be able to return the bracelet to Col. Karstís brother today. He was amazed that someone had kept it for such a long time and that I was able to return it. Col. Karstís remains were returned and he is buried in Arlington. It is fitting to honor such an American hero and be able to return the bracelet.