BRAM, RICHARD C. Name: Richard C. Bram Rank/Branch: USMC, E6 Unit: VMFA 225 MAG 12 Date of Birth: 25 November 35 Home City of Record: Cleves, OH Date of Loss: 08 July 65 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 1084630E 152114N Status (in 1973): Missing Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Remarks: SVN POL SAY PP/KK SEARCH NEG-J Other Personnel In Incident: John. F. Dingwall (still missing). Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 1993 from the following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost, and detail the information learned since the date of loss. Information in the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these summaries." On July 8, 1966, Staff Sergeant Bram and Gunnery Sergeant Dingwall left their unit at Chu Lai Air Base for a hike in the surrounding countryside. They were last seen in a local hamlet. Local South Vietnamese police reported on July 8th that the Viet Cong had captured and killed two Americans and then buried their bodies. This report led to a muster of the unit and the discovery that Sergeants Bram and Dingwall were missing. A search of the area in which they were last seen produced hearsay information that the two had been captured, but there was conflicting information on their fate. They were never seen alive again, and their remains were never located. Both individuals were initially declared missing. In September 1978 they were declared dead/body not recovered. Returning U.S. POWs were unable to provide any information on their survival in captivity, and U.S. investigation teams in Vietnam have been unable to learn anything further concerning their precise fate.