ALLEE, RICHARD KENNETH REMAINS IDENTIFIED 04/30/98 Name: Richard Kenneth Allee Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Airbase Date of Birth: 14 December 1935 Home City of Record: Port Jervis NY Date of Loss: 21 December 1968 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 173000N 1053900E (WE705360) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: Source: Compiled 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. SYNOPSIS: Capt. Richard K. Allee was assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Takhli Airbase Thailand. On 21 December 1968, his F105D aircraft was number two in a flight of four aircraft sent on a combat mission which took them over Khammouane Province, Laos. At at point near the city of Na Phao and a few miles southwest of the Mu Gia pass, Allee's aircraft was hit by hostile ground fire, caught on fire and crashed in a wooded area. The Mu Gia pass is a break in the mountains that form the border of Laos and Vietnam. The area was one of the most heavily traveled sections of the famed Ho Chi Minh Trail, and between spring of 1965 and December 1971, 43 American airman would disappear in a 33 mile square area surrounding the Mu Gia Pass without a trace. Other aircraft in the flight saw no parachutes, nor were emergency beepers heard. If Allee ejected safely, no one could tell. But because the possibility existed that he did, Allee was placed in a category of Missing In Action. The families of the nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos impatiently awaited the end of the war. Pathet Lao news releases indicated that "tens of tens" of Americans were being held in Laos. To their horror, however, not one American was released from Laos at the end of the war. The U.S. refused to negotiate with the Pathet Lao, a "government" which they did not recognize. Unfortunately, since American involvement in Southeast Asia ended in 1975, no negotiations have occurred which would free the captives in Laos, and their families wait in anguished uncertainty. As thousands of reports mount that Americans are still alive in captivity, including some tantalizing and very specific ones regarding Laos prisoners, these families can only wait helplessly, waiting for someone to rescue their men. Richard Allee might be one of the hundreds many authorities believe are still alive. What are we doing to bring him home?