LEVAN, ALVIN LEE Name: Alvin Lee Levan Rank/Branch: E3/US Navy Unit: Date of Birth: 05 June 1946 Home City of Record: Catawissa PA Date of Loss: 25 October 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 125558N 1093701E (CQ500300) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: PCF 87 Refno: 2025 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Seaman 3rd Class Alvin Lee Levan was a gunner's mate aboard a PCF 87, also known as a "swiftboat." He and the crew of the PCF were on a patrol mission in II Corp, South Vietnam in Phu Yen Province on October 25, 1966. During the patrol, as the boat was a few miles offshore from Dai Lanh, Levan suddenly suffered a seizure and fell overboard. The rest of the crew believes hat he died before hitting the water. There is no further information as to the nature of the seizure. An extensive search of the area was made by his boat crew as well as searches by air and ground units which continued for several days. No sign was ever found of Alvin Lee Levan. Alvin Levan is among nearly 2500 who did not return from Southeast Asia. Although there is every indication that Alvin did not survive, there is mounting evidence that hundreds of other Americans did survive, and wait for rescue still from prison camps in Southeast Asia. Men like Alvin Levan did their best job for this country. They did not consider abandoning us. How can we consider abandoning those who wait for us?