PLASSMEYER, BERNARD HERBERT Name: Bernard Herbert Plassmeyer Rank/Branch: O2/US Marine Corps Unit: Marine Attack Squadron 311 Date of Birth: 05 May 1945 Home City of Record: Freeburg MO Date of Loss: 11 September 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 145228N 1084623E Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E Refno: 1660 Other Personnel in Incident: None missing Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project March 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 2017. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Bernard H. Plassmeyer was born May 5, 1945, the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Plassmeyer of Westphalia, Missouri. Bernie attended St. Joseph grade school, Fatima High School, and graduated from Parks College of Aeronautical Technology of St. Louis University in 1966. In early 1967, Bernie joined the Marine Corps, receiving his commission as a Marine officer in June 1967, and the wings of a Naval Aviator March 21, 1969. He was selected to receive the Orville Wright Achievement Award for outstanding performance as a Marine Corps aviator on August 29, 1969. In February 1970, Plassmeyer went to Vietnam and was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 311. He had completed approximately 100 missions with VMA-311 at Chu Lai and Da Nang when his A4E Skyhawk crashed during a support mission near the Laos/Vietnam border on September 11, 1970. He was classified Missing In Action until 1976, when he was declared dead for lack of evidence to the contrary. Bernie Plassmeyer went missing 16 days before the birth of his only son. His family would like to know where he is, and what happened to him. Like nearly 2500 other Americans, he remains missing in Southeast Asia. Were it not for thousands of reports of Americans still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia, it would be a simple matter to build a memorial and lay these missing men to rest. But as long as one man, whomever he may be, remains alive and in captivity, every family will wonder. And Bernie Plassmeyer's fate will remain uncertain. ------------------------------------------------ [ssrep6.txt 02/09/93] South Vietnam Bernard H. Plassmeyer (1660) On September 11, 1970, Plassmeyer was the pilot of an A-4E on a support mission near the A Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province. It appeared that his aircraft was downed by hostile groundfire and crashed in the target area. There was no evidence of a parachute, and no beeper signal was heard. A later search located the wreckage and from its condition determined that Plassmeyer's aircraft had disintegrated upon impact. That same day, a forward air controller saw a parachute and torso harness in some nearby trees. There appeared to be blood on the harness. Plassmeyer was initially declared missing in action. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on his precise fate, and he was later declared dead/body not recovered based on a presumptive finding of death. In March 1991, U.S. investigators in Vietnam located the crash site associated with this incident. They were unable to locate any witnesses to the shoot down and could not locate any remains. However, they did locate fragments of the aircraft's ejection seat and a face piece which indicated the pilot did not eject from the aircraft prior to impact. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Westphalia native among 50 Marines honored on monument
He was among 50 members of The Basic School’s Class 6-67 — the sixth graduating class of 1967 — to have their names etched on a monument. Plassmeyer was the class honor graduate out of nearly 500 in his class.
Plassmeyer’s brother, Norb Plassmeyer, was one of those attending the monument dedication as a guest of the Marine organizers. Norb Plassmeyer, who has lived on the home farm at Westphalia since returning there in 1971 after a brief career in the aerospace industry, is a lobbyist in Jefferson City.....