ADRIAN, JOSEPH DANIEL
Name: Joseph Daniel Adrian
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 02 August 1942
Home City of Record: Riveredge NJ
Date of Loss: 12 March 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 130822N 1092307E (CQ293485)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident: none missing
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project with the assistance of 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.
SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. Joseph D. Adrian was reported missing in action while on a night
scramble mission in a flight of three F-100 aircraft on March 12, 1967.
Adrian's aircraft was attempting to join the lead in a right turn when it was
observed to continue the turn and disappear out of sight. The incident occurred
approximately six miles off the end of the runway at Tuy Hoa offshore from Phu
Yen Province, South Vietnam.
According to Air Force records, evidence (unnamed) was received on March 26
which indicated that Lt. Adrian died at the time his aircraft went down, but as
no remains were found, he is listed with honor among those missing in Southeast
When the last American troops left Southeast Asia in 1975, some 2500 Americans
were unaccounted for. Reports received by the U.S. Government since that time
build a strong case for belief that many of these "unaccounted for" Americans
are still alive and in captivity.
1Lt. Joseph D. Adrian was listed as killed, body not recovered. His case seems
clear - that he perished and cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, evidence
continues to be received indicating that hundreds of Americans are still
captive, waiting for the country they proudly served to secure their freedom.
In our haste to leave an unpopular war, it now appears we abandoned some of our
best men. In our haste to heal the wounds of this same war, will we sign their
death warrants? Or will we do what we can to bring them home?