RUSHTON, THOMAS

Name: Thomas Rushton
Rank/Branch: Civilian
Unit: PAE (Pacific Architects & Engineers) U. S. Govt Contractor
Date of Birth: 10 October 1934
Home City of Record:  Santa Maria, CA
Date of Loss: 01 February 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162734N 1073551E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Other personnel in incident:  Adkins, Clodian, CIV (Released); Cayer,
Marc, Canadian CIV (Released); Balagot, Arturo, Philippine CIV(Released);
Badua, Candido, Philippine CIV (Released)

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources and information provided by Ret.
Major Gostas and Lawrence Stark. Updated with information provided by  Tom
Rushton, 1998.

REMARKS: 730327 Released by PRG -- Final group

SYNOPSIS: Rushton was working in the Hue City, South Vietnam during TET '68
when Hue came under seige. Ret. Major Ted Gostas (135th MIBN PROV) recalls
being trapped without his radio in the city, and being unable to warn
hundreds of 5th Marines as they walked into an ambush and their death.
Government records indicate Rushton and 11 others were captured soon
afterward. Ten of those were civilians working with the Vietnamese.

Thomas Rushton was held captive for 5 1/2 years prior to his release from
the Hanoi Hilton on March 27, 1973. He now resides in Massachusetts.