ADAMS, SAMUEL Name: Samuel Adams Rank/Branch: E5/US Air Force Unit: 6250th Civil Engineering Squadron Date of Birth: 02 August 1935 Home City of Record: Goldenrod FL (family in NH) Date of Loss: 31 October 1965 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 10400N 1070000E (YS224805) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 1 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ford Truck Refno: 0180 Other Personnel in Incident: Thomas Moore; Charles G. Dusing (both POW), Jasper Page, escapee REMARKS: 6512 DIC-ON PRG DIC LIST 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: On October 31, 1965, four U.S. Air Force personnel were captured while traveling by truck from Vung Tau to Saigon. This incident occurred on Route 15 at grid coordinates YS224805, just on the border of Binh Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces of South Vietnam. The individuals in this incident are SSgt. Samuel Adams, CMSgt. Charles Dusing, TSgt. Thomas Moore and TSgt Jasper Page. On November 2, 1965, while being taken to a detention camp, Jasper Page, managed to escape and return to U.S. control. It was reported that Samuel Adams had been shot during the same escape that freed Page, but a defector identified Adams' photo as a prisoner at a later date. CIA's analysis of this identification has been inconclusive. The names of all three appeared on the died in captivity list furnished by the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) in 1973 at the Paris Peace Accords. The list reflected that they had died during December 1965, but no details were given. When 591 Americans were released at the end of the war in 1973, Adams, Dusing and Moore were not among them; their names were on a list. No bodies were returned to their families, even though the Vietnamese clearly know where to find the three men. Since that time, Vietnam has doled out handfuls of remains as the political atmosphere seemed appropriate, but Adams, Dusing and Moore remain unaccounted for. The three are among nearly 2500 Americans who remain missing in Indochina. Unlike "MIA's" from other wars, most of these men can be accounted for. Tragically, over 8000 reports concerning Americans still in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. since the end of the war. Experts say that the evidence is overwhelming that Americans were left behind in enemy hands. It's time we brought our men home. Senate Select Committee Report: South Vietnam Samuel Adams Charles G. Dusing Thomas Moore (0180) On October 31, 1961, four U.S. Air Force sergeants were traveling by bus from the coastal resort town of Vung Tau toward Saigon. They were stopped by local Viet Cong forces and taken prisoner. On November 2, 1965, the four sergeants attempted to escape from custody, and Staff Sergeant Jasper N. Page was successful. He last saw Sergeant Adams as the Viet Cong were chasing him and shooting at him. The status of the three was changed from missing in action to prisoners of war. All appeared on the Provisional Revolution Government's died in captivity list provided to the U.S. in January 1973. Their date of death was given as December 1965. The remains of the other three sergeants have never been returned. All were declared dead/body not recovered after the end of hostilities. Returning U.S. POWs were unable to provide any information on their fate. In March 1992, the Joint Task Force interviewed a witness in Vietnam who described sightings of the four servicemen shortly after their capture at way-station B50. Information was also received that one prisoner escaped and the remaining three prisoners were shot. After burial, their bodies were later exhumed and reburied at a new location which has since been deforested, and the grave site can not be located.