MATAGULAY, ROQUE S.
DECEASED 12/29/99 Buried Arlington 01/12/00.
Name: Roque S. Matagulay
Rank/Branch: E7/United States Army
Date of Birth: 03 October 1931 -- Guam
Home City of Record: Richamond CA
Date of Loss: 23 July 1962
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 105400 North 1080455 East
Status (in 1973): Releasee
Other Personnel in Incident: Carl E. Brown, escaped same day, one unknown
NOTES: Atomic Soldier - interred by the Japanese during WWII on Guam, where
he was born.
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. Updated 2000.
REMARKS: 621224 RELEASED
The book "Pacific Stars and Stripes, VIETNAM Front Pages" published in 1986
Vol. 18, No 205
Wednesday, July 25, 1962
Viet Reds Capture 2 NCOs; 1 escapes
Saigon (UPI) Communist guerrillas Monday ambushed a hunting party made up of
two American military advisers and two Vietnamese militiamen about 100 miles
northeast of Siagon, a U.S. military spokeman reported Tuesday.
One of the advisoers, M/Sgt. Carl E. Brown, escaped, the spokeman said. The
other American, also a sergeant but not identified, was kidnapped, along
with one of the Vietnamese, he said......
From - Fri Feb 04 16:39:31 2000
Roque Matagulay born 3 Oct 1931 in Guam. He was an E-8, USA. He was
captured 7/23/62 while on a mission for SVN forces in the south. He was
exchanged for politcal prisoners 12/24/62. He and his wife had 6 children,
2 daughters and 4 sons. He was held by the Japanese on Guam as a child in
WWII, He was an "Atomic Vet" and was also exposed to Agent Orange in
Vietnam. He spent 20+ years in the Army and then 19 years in the postal
service. His last Army tour was as the NCOIC of a training academy in the
Korean DMZ when the Pueblo crew was released. He was the first Army POW to
go to Pensacola for medical care. Despite multiple medical problems he was a
happy and cheerful man. He passed away December 29, 1999. He was buried at
Arlington January 12, 1000.
MSG Roque S. Matagulay (POW early in Vietnam, also interned by the
Japanese on Guam when he was a child - need a photo if anyone has