RAMIREZ, ANDREW A.
RELEASED 05/04/99
Name: Andrew A. Ramirez
Branch/Rank: United States Army/Staff Sgt.
Unit: B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry of the 1st Infantry Division,
stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Date of Birth: 1973        24 yrs old
Home City of Record: Los Angeles CA
Date of Loss: 31 March 1999
Country of Loss: Macedonia/Serbia Yugoslavia
Loss Coordinates: last reported on a civilian road in Kumanovo, about 10
miles (16 km) from Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, and less than 3
miles (5 km) from the Kosovo border.
Status: DETAINEE -- changed to POW 04/01/99
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Humvee/Ground
Missions:
NOTE: Joined the service in July 1992
Other Personnel in Incident: Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Stone; Spec
Steven Gonzales
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. Compiled from news clips; AP,
UPI, London Times, New York Post, ABC in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
Section 107.     2016
SYNOPSIS:  Serb TV early today showed pictures of three American
soldiers it said its forces captured near the Macedonian border.
The men were identified as Sergeants James Stone and Andrew Ramirez and
Specialist Steven Gonzales.
The patrol, a unit from the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry
Regiment, was part of a NATO force put in place to secure Macedonia's
border with Kosovo, a province of Serbia, Yugoslavia's dominant
republic.
[All three soldiers were assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th
Cavalry of the 1st Infantry Division, stationed in Schweinfurt,
Germany.]
The soldiers were named on television are thought to be held in the
Kosovo capital, Pristina.
The vice-president of Yugolslavia, Vuk Draskovic, said: "Nothing wrong
will happen to them. We are respecting the enemy.
We will be sticking to the terms of the Geneva Convention. You can be
sure of that." However, he then warned: "They are going to face Serb
justice."
Pentagon and NATO officials said alliance forces and Macedonian police
mounted an urgent air and ground search for the soldiers, who were last
reported on a civilian road in Kumanovo, about 10 miles (16 km) from
Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, and less than 3 miles (5 km) from the
Kosovo border.
The last words heard from them were "help, help, SOS."
         
Serbia claims they will hold a military trial for all 3 men.

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U.S. Soldiers Pass Tests, Signs Of Injuries
American Soldiers Arrive at U.S. Military Hospital in Landstuhl 

By Thomas Atkins

LANDSTUHL, Germany (Reuters) - Three U.S. soldiers held in
Yugoslavia for a month passed preliminary medical examinations
Monday although a top-ranking military official said they may
have been mistreated by their captors.
The soldiers, who were released by Belgrade Sunday, appeared
before journalists with family members at a U.S. army medical
center in the western German town of Landstuhl, 150 km (90
miles) west of Frankfurt.....

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Ex-POW's Rest And Reunite
Updated 5:04 PM ET May 3, 1999

(RAMSTEIN, Germany) -- The three American servicemen freed by
Yugoslavian officials after a personal visit by the Reverend
Jesse Jackson are resting after being reunited with their
families in Germany. The mother and father of Steven Gonzales of
Huntsville arrived early this morning Texas time as did
Christopher Stone's wife and infant child from San Antonio and
his parents from Michigan. All are getting extensive medical
exams. Stone was given a "cat scan" of his head as he was the
soldier with the most visible heads wounds after his capture.
It's expected all three men will head back to the states later
this week.

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Their Long Wait Is Over
3 Soldiers' Relatives Plan To Fly To Germany
CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes Reports
LOS ANGELES                                         

The call came just CBS before midnight.

After speaking to her son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Ramirez, by cell 
phone, Vivian Ramirez burst out of her east Los Angeles home 
to share the good news with friends, neighbors - and reporters 
- gathered outside.
"Rev. Jesse Jackson freed him. He said he is free. He's coming 
home. And I am so happy. I had to come out and tell you."....
CBS Worldwide Corp. 
 
 
 
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