SHARK, EARL ERIC Name: Earl Eric Shark Rank/Branch: E5/US Army Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division Date of Birth: 23 May 1946 (College Park MI) Home City of Record: Pomona CA Date of Loss: 12 September 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 115314N 1063737E (XU772145) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1277 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 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 2014. REMARKS: 6809 DIC - ON PRG DIC LIST SYNOPSIS: SGT Earl E. Shark was serving as pointman on a reconnaissance enforce mission near Loc Ninh in Binh Long Province, South Vietnam on September 12, 1968 when the point element came under enemy fire from a superior enemy force. According to a witness, Shark was wounded in his upper torso. His radio operator was hit in the same burst of fire, but 5-10 meters behind Shark. The platoon leader and his radio man went forward and tried to rescue the two men, but were unable to get Shark out. The unit was forced to withdraw and was unable to return to this location until two days later. During the later search of the area, Shark was not found, but his helmet and part of his canteen was found where he had last been seen. It was later learned that Shark had been captured. According to the Vietnamese, Shark died in captivity the same month he was captured. Despite this, the Vietnamese have made no attempt to return his remains to U.S. control. In the fall of 1985, a CIA document was obtained by a private citizen through the Freedom of Information Act which contained drawings of a Viet Cong detention center which held U.S. servicemen prior to their being sent north to Hanoi. It was located just 20 miles southwest of Camp Eagle, a major American base near Hue, South Vietnam. In the document were greatly detailed drawings, lists of personnel and lists of U.S. servicemen identified from photographs. Earl E. Shark's name was on a list of positively identified prisoners, as being held there AFTER September 1968. Along with Shark were the names of several POWs who were released in 1973. One of them has verified the authenticity of the report as far as the camp itself is concerned. Earl Shark's file contains a large amount of classified information (as of 1989). It is doubtful that his family was ever told of this report before it became public in 1985. The Defense Department now maintains that the report was a fabrication, even though much of it has been verified by returned POWs who were held there. The reasoning is based in part that the source could not know what he said he knew. It has been 22 years since Earl E. Shark was captured, yet details contained in his file remain classified. The U.S. Government would like for us to believe their assessment of Shark's fate, yet they are unwilling for details to be made public. If, as the USG seems to believe, all missing Americans are now dead, why the secrecy? If, as many authorities believe, hundreds of them are still alive, why are they not home? ---------------------------------------------- [0107-72.CM 03/01/96] [NETWORK NOTE: This document was scanned and retyped to make it an ASCII file. The Block format of a USG document was altered to just "text") REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES DECLASSIFIED PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 12356, SECTION 3.3, NND PROJECT NUMBER NN8937 597, BY RB1VSW, DATE 1/23/96 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT Note: This Document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the espionage laws. Title 18, U.S.C., Sec 793 and 794. The transmission or revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. CONFIDENTIAL This report contains unprocessed information. Plans and/or policies should not be evolved or modified solely on the basis of this report. 1. COUNTRY: VS 8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0107 72 2. SUBJECT: (U) US PW Sighting in 9. DATE OF REPORT: 30 Mar 72 BINH LONG Province, VS (handwritten-W34130) 10.NO. OF PAGES: 4 3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G1, 6G3 SICR: D-7CX-49018 4. DATE OF INFORMATION: 15 Jul 69 12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV 5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS 26 Feb 72 13. PREPARED BY: JOHN P. MANNING SP5, USA 6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F INFORMATION 6 7. SOURCE: PW Interrogation 14. APPROVING AUTHORITY: (SIGNED) DAVID L. PE
May 25, 2014
Remembering the war's end for Sgt. Shark
I was 16 years old when I bought the POW/MIA bracelet in support of our troops. “Sgt. Earl E. Shark, Vietnam Prisoner of War-Missing in Action 9/12/68 ...
Editor's note: Liz Anderson still sometimes wears the POW bracelet, especially around Memorial Day, when America honors the men and women who ...