STEWART, JACK THOMAS

Name: Jack Thomas Stewart
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army Special Forces
Unit: Detachment A-302, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group
Date of Birth: 30 March 1941
Home City of Record: Washington DC
Loss Date: 24 March 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 120148N 1065547E (YU100305)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno:0630

Other Personnel In Incident: Roger C. Hallberg (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 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 1998.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: On March 24, 1967, Capt. Jack Stewart and SSgt. Roger Hallberg
were advisors to a mobile strike force company on a combat operation in
South Vietnam.

The Mike Force company was conducting a heliborne assault on March 24, 1967,
7 miles east of Bu Dop in Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam, near the
Cambodian border. Shortly after landing, the company proceeded about 800
meters north where the point element began receiving automatic weapons fire.
SSgt. Hallberg who was part of the point element, came back to the command
group to report on the situation because he had no radio.

Capt. Stewart, after assessing the situation, tried to maneuver the recon
platoon to flank the enemy, but it also ran into heavy automatic weapons
fire. The second platoon then started to pull out. It was determined that
the unit had been ambushed by two heavily armed NVA battalions. The
remaining platoons fell back to the command group and took up positions.

Stewart and Hallberg's attempts to consolidate positions around the landing
zone supported by airstrikes failed. Hallberg was wounded slightly, and his
commanding officer was wounded more seriously in the battle. When last seen,
they were fighting while providing cover for the safe withdrawal of their
companions who moved toward Bu Dop until they were picked up by friendly
helicopters. Another group was sent immediately to aid them, but when they
arrived at the site of the ambush they found no trace of Hallberg or
Stewart.

Since the war ended in Southeast Asia, thousands of reports of Americans
alive in captivity have been received by the U.S. Government. Whether or not
Hallberg and Stewart are among those still held and alive is not known. What
seems certain, however, is that the Vietnamese know what happened to them.

Many years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War. The final chapter
cannot be written, and the final battle brought to an end until the men like
Stewart and Hallberg are brought home.