SHINE, ANTHONY CAMERON Remains Returned 09/96 Name: Anthony Cameron Shine Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 20 May 1939 Home City of Record: Pleasant NY Date of Loss: 02 December 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 193000N 1041000E (VG157405) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A7D Refno: 1677 Other Personnel In Incident: none 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: George and Helen Shine raised their children to love their country. George retired from the Air Force as a Colonel, and all their four children entered the military. Their daughter was an officer in the Army Nurse Corps. Their three sons served in Vietnam. While Tony Shine was serving his first term in Vietnam in 1970, his younger brother Jonathan was killed. Tony escorted his brother's body home for burial at West Point. His other brother was wounded during his Vietnam service. George and Helen kept the faith with their country. In 1972, Tony was flying an A7D fighter/bomber on a mission near the Barthelemy Pass in North Vietnam when his plane disappeared through the clouds. The passes through the mountains that border the Lao/Vietnamese borders were heavily concentrated with enemy missile and AAA sites and NVA logistics facilities and were frequent bombing targets. Of the many Americans lost near these passes, few returned. Search was difficult not only because the enemy was present, but also because the terrain is incredibly rugged. A three-day search proved futile, and Tony was listed Missing In Action. George and Helen Shine continued to look for answers. Their early daydreams of going "into the jungle to look for him" have been replaced by the sad realization that they "think we'll just never know" what happened to their son. Shine's daughter, Colleen, joined the fight when she was old enough to understand what had happened to her father. Although her grandfather, George Shine has since died, she continues to look for answers. Whether Tony Shine survived that mission in December 1972 is not known. What is clear, however, is that many who are missing did survive. Where are they now? Why haven't we been able to bring them home? Anthony C. Shine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the period he was maintained Missing in Action.