YOUNG, CHARLES LUTHER Name: Charles Luther Young Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: Company D, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 04 April 1946 Home City of Record: New York, NY Date of Loss: 17 May 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 105514N 1063940E (XT814076) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat Refno: 1178 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On May 17, 1968, PFC Charles L. Young was serving as a rifleman on a combat patrol in the Gia Dinh area of South Vietnam. At 1700 hours that day, Young's squad departed their base in three assault boats to set up a night ambush. Young was riding in the first boat with six other members of the squad and one engineer/boat operator. An hour or two later, the three boats were ambushed and the first boat was hit by enemy small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). All onboard the boat were rescued except Young, who was not found. Searches the following day failed to yield any trace of Young. Because there was a chance Young had survived and been captured, he was not declared dead, but Missing in Action. It is believed that the Vietnamese could account for him. Nearly 2500 Americans were lost in Southeast Asia during our miltary involvement there. Since the war in Southeast Asia ended in 1973, thousands of reports relating to Americans prisoner, missing or unaccounted for have been received by the U.S. Government. The official policy is that no conclusive proof has been obtained that is current enough to act upon. Detractors of this policy say conclusive proof is in hand, but that the willingness or ability to rescue these prisoners does not exist. Young, if one of those hundreds said to be still alive and in captivity, must be wondering if and when his country will return for him. In America, we say that life is precious, but isn't the life of even one American worth the effort of recovery? When the next war comes, and it is our sons lost, will we then care enough to do everything we can to bring our prisoners home?