PAGE JASPER N.
Name: Jasper N. Page Rank/Branch: E6/United States Air Force Unit: 3415 CIV ENG Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Hattiesburg MS Date of Loss: 31 October 1965 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 103950 North 10702000 East Status (in 1973): Escapee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Charles Dusing, Thomas Moore, Samuel Adams, all Prisoners of War 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, personal interview with Jasper Page. 2016 REMARKS: 651104 ESCAPED SYNOPSIS: On October 31, 1965, four U.S. Air Force personnel were captured while traveling by truck from Vung Tau to Saigon. This incident occurred on Route 15 at grid coordinates YS224805, just on the border of Binh Hoa and Gia Dinh Province of South Vietnam. The individuals involved in this incident are SSgt. Samuel Adams, SSgt. Charles Dusing, TSgt. Thomas Moore and TSgt. Jasper Page. On November 2, 1965, while being taken to a detention camp, Jasper Page, managed to escape and return to U.S. control. He was the first captured serviceman to return to U.S. control from South Vietnam. It was reported that Samuel Adams had been shot during the same escape that freed Page, but a defector identified Adams' photo as a prisoner at a later date. CIA's analysis of this identification has been inconclusive. The names of all three appeared on the died in captivity list furnished by the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) in 1973 at the Paris Peace Accords. The list reflected that they had died during December 1965, but no details were given. When 591 Americans were released at the end of the war in 1973, Adams, Dusing and Moore were not among them; their names were on a list. No bodies were returned to their families, even though the Vietnamese clearly know where to find the three men. Since that time, Vietnam has doled out handfuls of remains as the political atmosphere seemed appropriate, but Adams, Dusing and Moore remain unaccounted for. The three are among nearly 2500 Americans who remain missing in Indochina. Unlike "MIA's" from other wars, most of these men can be accounted for. Tragically, over 8000 reports concerning Americans still in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. since the end of the war. Experts say that the evidence is overwhelming that Americans were left behind in enemy hands. It's time we brought our men home. -----------------------------
Jasper Page retired from the United States Air Force as a Sergeant. He and his wife reside in Colorado. ----------------------------- Oct 09 1998 Library of Congress MicroFish reel #214 Jasper N. Page escaped in South Vietnam On October 31, 1965, four U.S. Air Force personnel were captured while traveling by truck Vung Tau to Saigon. This incident occurred on Route 15, just on the border of Binh Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces of South Vietnam. The individuals involved in this incident are SSgt. Samuel Adams, SSgt. Charles Dusing, TSgt. Thomas Moore and Jasper N. Page. On November 2, 1965, while being taken to a detention camp, one of the four POWs managed to escape and return to U.S. control. It was reported that Samuel Adams had been shot during the same escape that freed the fourth American prisoner, but a defector identified Adams' photo as a prisoner at a later date. CIA's analysis of this identification has been inconclusive. The names of all three appeared on the died in captivity list furnished by the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) in 1973 at the Paris Peace Accords. The list reflected that they had died during December 1965, but no details were given. On Feb 5th, 98 I received a phone call from Jasper N. Page. We talked about the happenings of those few days. SSgt Jasper N. Page, SSgt. Samuel Adams, SSgt. Charles Dusing and TSgt. Thomas Moore all, USAF personnel assigned 6250 Civil Engineering, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, RVN, departed Tan Son Nhut Air Base at approximately 0900 hrs, 30 Oct 1965, on board an Army HU 1B helicopter for Vang Tau beach area for a weekend of swimming. They arrived at approx. 1000 hrs that day, the aircraft was to return the next day to transport them back to base. They rented a beach cottage and spent the reminder of the day and the next morning swimming and lying around the beach sunning them selves. In the early afternoon hrs, Adams placed a phone call to the Tan Son Nhut Air Base to confirm their flight back. He was told that aircraft wouldn't be there to pick them up. He returned to the others and told them about the aircraft not coming to pick them up. They began to think of a way to get back Saigon. They were strolling along the beach area where they passed a girl, who appeared to be caucasian who they thought to be French. She was approx. 18-21 years old, medium build with light brown hair. She was lying under a canopy of some sort with an elderly lady who was around 55-60 years old, tall and invited the airmen to share some shade of the canopy with the two ladies. After accepted and a conversation ensued during which her sister was an exchange student in the US. She also stated she worked in a French bank in Saigon. A short while later approx. four or five children, two young men approx. 19-22 years old, and another French looking girl of the same age and a Vietnamese joined them. At this time the airmen inquired as to their mode of transportation and if they could drive them to Saigon. The original young girl informed them that they were not going to Saigon until later. After more conversation the elderly lady told the airmen that she would permit her driver to take them to Saigon, but the rest of them would get off at a small plantation just outside of Vung Tau where they were staying. Around 1630 hrs the airmen and the others boarded a yellow 1961 Econoline Ford panel truck with a Shell Oil Co. logo on the side, and the Vietnamese male who was the driver drove them to a Shell station near Vung Tau. They picked up a automobile tire and proceeded North on Hwy 15. When they reached the plantation all but the driver and the four airmen got out. Page described the plantation as small with archway for an entrance and fairly large house that was situated off the road a bit. They continued North on Hwy 15, they slowed almost to a stop at a couple points along the way and each time the driver would motion them to get down, but each time they would continue on with out incident. At approx. 1730 hrs. they reached a point where the truck slowed down again and the driver again motioned them to get down. Suddenly the truck came to a stop and all the doors of the truck were opened and several VC ordered the four USAF personnel and the driver out of the truck. The airmen were searched and all there personal items taken from them. The airmen were armed with a 22 cal., 38 cal and two 45-cal. pistols. These were also taken from them. The VC tied the airmen in pairs with a rope and ordered them back into the truck. Page remembered that the VC was talking to the driver but Page doesn't know what happened to him. Adams and Page were tired together and Dusing and Moore were tied together. A VC drove the truck off on a dirt road until it became bogged down in the mud. The VC then ordered the airmen out of the truck and was led off into a northeasterly direction on foot, guarded by approx. 15 VC. Sunday night Oct 31st, 1965, they reached a small camp area, which consisted of small bamboo shelters where they spent that night. While sleeping the airmen were tied to bamboo bunks and anchored by rope to a post or pole and guarded by an unknown number of VC. At this time Moore was given some pills for an upset stomach which seemed to relieve him. Monday morning, Nov. 1st. 1965, along with 15 VC guards, they continued on foot in the same northeasterly direction until they arrived at a second camp similar to the first one they where at. Here 25 - 30 VC guards replaced the original VC guards. Next morning still heading in the same general direction as the past two days. This was Tuesday Nov. 2nd. 1965, Dusing developed an upset stomach as Moore did before him, he also was weak from lack of water. En route that day a hard rain begin and at approx. 1530 hrs the VC grouped the men together and put rain gear on them. Page and Adams were still bound together and were guarded by three VC. Page believed that Dusing and Moore were about 500 yards behind on the trail moving their way. The VC guards stopped them at this point to wait for the others, one of the VC guards leaned his weapon against tree and dropped his guide rope connected to Page/Adams. Page/Adams were able to free themselves from the rope under cover of their rain gear, and briefly talked about an escape attempt. Adams was to go for the weapon against the tree. Page was to jump the other two guards in an attempt to disarm them. The moment had come for this attempt, Page succeed in knocking one of the guards to the ground and get the others guards weapon, a french carbine and a US M1 carbine. Page tossed the French weapon away, as he did not know how to operate it. At this point, he noticed Adams had not succeeded in getting the weapon leaning against the tree. The VC guard had reached the weapon prior to Adams. One guard turned and fired at Page as Page fled into the brush. Page does not know if the VC guard fired at him or not. He noticed that after Adams failed to reach the weapon in time he started running on a nearby trail while the VC were firing at Adams. Page aimed at the guard firing at Adams but he could not get the US carbine to fire as the safety was on, he later learned when he had time to check it out. Adams was approx. 15-20 yards from the VC when they were firing at him. Page heard Adams shout "No" and saw him fall into a bush very close to him. Then he heard more shots. Page believed that the VC guards killed Adams, but he wasn't sure of this fact. Page tried to get his weapon to fire again, with out success. The VC then turned his weapon and pointed it at Page at point blank range. He turned and ran four or five steps up the trail and then turned left in to the brush. The VC fired again. Page said he thought it was in Adams' direction. Page kept pushing himself through the brush for maybe five or ten minutes. Then he lay down and kept still. At about this time he heard shouting and not in English. Then more shots coming from the direction where he escaped. He moved further into the brush and in a few minutes heard five or six more shots ring out. It soon started to get dark and he decided to head in what he thought was a southerly direction. After traveling for several hours he came upon a swampy area that he was afraid to cross in the dark, so he spent the night where he was. The next morning, 3 Nov. 1965, he moved down a stream and eventually saw a rubber plantation on the other side. This was about 1130 hrs and he could see some people across from him so he hid where he was. About noontime, they left and went into some huts nearby. There was quite a bit of activity in the area so he stayed where he was until dark. He then followed a trail most of the night in a westerly direction and stopped when the trail came to a dead end and spent the night there. At daybreak, 4 Nov. 1965 he picked up another trail and still going west came to an ox cart track and followed it a while and then took another trail. This soon led him to the Tam An Special Forces Camp on Nov. 4th, 1965 where he was examined by a medic and then flown to Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Here is what he said about his arrival at the camp. "I walked up to the perimeter of the camp without and one seeing me. I saw four RVN on guard duty. One turn in my direction and yield, he and the others dropped to the ground pointing their weapons at me. After several days of running through the jungle I was dirty, my cloths where torn and I had several days growth on my face. I had already tied a white hankie to the barrel of the carbine before I stepped out in to the open. Surrounded by RVN troops he waited for someone to report to. I held my hands and the carbine above my head waving the white flag. I felt that they where close to shooting me. It was not what I wanted to happen after escaping and surviving. Eventually a US Special Forces Major and an RVN Captain drove to his location and once finding out who he was took him back to the camp for medical treatment and debriefing. They spent several days flying over the area Page pin pointed on a map, but nothing was visible from the air. Page states that he last saw all the airmen at approx. 1530 hrs 2 Nov. 1965. At this time Moore, Dusing where detained by the VC and Adams was attempting to escape. When 591 Americans were released at the end of the war in 1973, Adams, Dusing and Moore were not among them; their names were on a list. No bodies were returned to their families, even though the Vietnamese clearly know where to find the three men. Since that time, Vietnam has doled out handfuls of remains as the political atmosphere seemed appropriate, but Adams, Dusing and Moore remain unaccounted for.
In November of 2001, in Branson, MO at the Annual Military Gala & Banquet, TSgt Jasper Page FINALLY received his POW Medal. Doing the honors was Medal of Honor recipient, Col "Bud" Day. The evening was hosted by the POW NETWORK, aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Several other former POWs were present for the event. Page had escaped 36 years earlier, Nov 2, 1965.
Jasper Page passed away March 23, 2016.