SHORE EDWARD RIDDICK, JR.--------
Name: Edward Riddick Shore Jr.
Branch/Rank: UNITED STATES ARMY/O3
Unit: Transportation Corps
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: Knoxville, TN
Date of Loss: 15-May-61
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 193000 North 1030000 East
Status (in 1973):
Other Personnel in Incident: JOHN MCMORROW, GRANT WOLFKILL, returnees
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, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2018
REMARKS: 620815 RELEASED AIR AMERICA PILOT
No further information available at this time.
His full name was Grant Fassett Wolfkill.
His DOB is November 29, 1922. He died on June 14, 2017 at his residence
in Shelton, Washington at age 94.
He worked for NBC as a field producer. While with NBC, Grant was
assigned to cover a pending peace conference in Laos. His helicopter was
shot down over Laos, and he, the pilot Army Captain Edward R. Shore, Jr.
and a Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John P. McMorrow were captured,
imprisoned and shackled for fifteen-months by the communist Pathet Lao.
He was released on August 17, 1962 with Shore and McMorrow, along with
Special Forces Sergeant Orville R. Ballenger and Army Major Lawrence R.
Five Americans freed by Reds in Vietnam
VIENTIANE American , Laos (AP)—Five Americans and a Filipino held
captive for more than a year by pro-Communist forces were released
The men, who had all grown beards during their captivity, were cheered
by a crowd of several hundred as they emerged from the twin-engine
Soviet plane that brought them to Vientiane from Pathet Lao headquarters
in the Plaine des Jarres.
Those released were Maj. Lawrence Bailey, Laurel, Md., assistant
military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane; John McMorrow,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; John Shore Jr., Galloway, Tenn.; Sgt. Orville Ballenger,
Columbus, Ohio; NBC cameraman Grant Wolfkill of Shelton, Wash., and
Lorenzo Frigillana of the Philippines...