LINDAHL, JOHN CARL Name: John Carl Lindahl Rank/Branch: O3/US Navy Unit: USS Midway Date of Birth: 28 March 1941 Home City of Record: Lindsbourg KS Date of Loss: 06 January 1973 Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 170154N 1074616E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A7B Refno: 2012 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: John Lindahl was looking forward to going home to be with his wife and 15 month-old daughter Christine. His tour of duty had been extended a few extra days, and on January 6, 1973, with the war drawing to a close, he was flying one of his last missions. Flying from an aircraft carrier is a special science. The limited takeoff and landing area leaves little room for error. Occasionally, tragic accidents occur, claiming lives. When he launched from the USS Midway in his A7B, the launch seemed normal, yet the plane veered and dove into the ocean shortly after takeoff. The crash was observed from the ship, and within 45 seconds, helicopters and divers were on the scene, but it was too late. Lindahl went down with his aircraft. John Lindahl is listed with honor among the missing because his remains were not recovered to return to the country he served. His case seems quite clear. For others who are listed missing, resolution is not as simple. Many were known to have survived their loss incident. Quite a few were in radio contact with search teams and describing an advancing enemy. Some were photographed or recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a trace. When the war ended, refugees from the communist-overrun countries of Southeast Asia began to flood the world, bringing with them stories of live GI's still in captivity in their homelands. Since 1975, over 6000 such stories have been received. Many authorities believe that hundreds of Americans are still held in the countries in Southeast Asia. The U.S. Government operates on the "assumption" that one or more men are being held, but that it cannot "prove" that this is the case, allowing action to be taken. Meanwhile, low-level talks between the U.S. and Vietnam proceed, yielding a few sets of remains when it seems politically expedient to return them, but as yet, no living American has returned.