WOLFKILL GRANT FASSELL--------
RIP June 14, 2017
Name: Grant Fassell Wolfkill
Unit: Air America
Date of Birth: 29 November 1922
Home City of Record: Seattle WA
Date of Loss: 15 May 1961
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 193000 North 1030000 East
Status (in 1973):
Other Personnel in Incident: John McMorrow, Edward Shore, released
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: 08/17/62 RELEASED
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
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...