Name: Klaus Yrurgen Bingham
Rank/Branch: E6/US Army Special Forces
Unit: Task Force 1, Advisory Element (assigned to Support Headquarters,
Date of Birth: 14 March 1943 (Metz, France)
Home City of Record: Wahiawa HI
Date of Loss: 10 May 1971
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 155250N 1073426E (YC756573)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1745
Other Personnel In Incident: Lewis C. Walton; James Luttrell (both missing)


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 in 2020.

SYNOPSIS: James Luttrell, Lewis Walton and Klaus Bingham were members of a
long-range reconnaissance (LRRP) team "Asp" which was inserted into western
Quang Nam Province 12 miles from Laos on May 3, 1971.

The Asp team was inserted without ground fire or radio transmission. On May
4, the area was searched by Forward Air Controllers (FAC) who neither saw
nor heard anything from the team.

On May 5, two pilots flying in the area reported seeing a mirror and a panel
signal 50 meters west of the LZ for about 15 minutes. The area was searched
again for about 3 hours, and the FAC attempted to raise the team on radio.
At 1404 hours on May 5, the FAC saw two people wearing dark green fatigues
locating panel signals. Helicopters were launched at 1500 hours that day
with a rescue team, but could not be inserted because of bad weather. The
FAC stayed on station until 1700 hours that day, but no communication was
ever established with the team.

On May 6, weather again prohibited search attempts.

On May 7, hostile fire in the area prevented the insertion of a rescue team.
Poor weather prevented the insertion of a search team until May 14. The team
was extracted the same day, without ever having heard or seen the patrol.

Luttrell, Walton and Bingham disappeared. The three were classified Missing
In Action. They are among nearly 2400 Americans who are still missing from
the Vietnam war. Experts now believe that hundreds of these men are still

Klaus Bingham was a seasoned soldier when he disappeared. He was trained for
survival under adverse circumstances. Under the circumstances of his
disappearance, the U.S. Army believes the enemy may know what happened to
him. He could be alive.

In our haste to leave Southeast Asia, we abandoned 2400 of our best.
Surprisingly, in 1988, overtures by many U.S. government officials hint at
normalization of relations with Vietnam, yet no agreements have been reached
which would free those Americans still held in Southeast Asia. In our haste
to return to Indochina will we again abandon our men?


During the General Membership Meeting at the SOA Reunion, SOAR XXVIII, Mr
Dickie Hites, Special Advisor, to the CG of JPAC, Hawaii, presented a brief
update on his trip to SE Asia.

He mentioned the remains of  Klaus Bigham, Jim Lutrell, and Lewis Walton of
RT ASP from CCN, lost on 10 May 1971 had been found.


I was recently called on to do create and apply some Vinyl Graphics to Paul
Dunn's Jeep CJ2a that he restored.  He asked me to theme it on POW MIA.  For
about 15 years I wore the bracelet of SSGT Klaus J Bingham (VSOG) listed
Missing May, 10 1971.  Through much Internet Research I was able to find out
SSGT Binghams story on how he went missing and the names of his VSOG team he
was with.

I just wanted to forward to you some pictures of the Finished project.

The edges of each Fender have the names of Binghams Team on the Passenger
Fender.  On the Driver Fender is Paul Dunn's Uncle, and His Girl Friends
Brother plus one name I pulled at random from the Wall.

Pauls dream is to get this National Recognition and wants to do a display of
the Jeep at the Wall.  If there is anything you might can do to help
advertise, it would be appreciated.  If you have no interest that is fine.
We do not want to impose and this is by no means a marketing scheme.  Just a
recognition of our Loved and Lost.

Thank you
Brent Albritton




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On May 3, 1971, a long-range reconnaissance patrol made up of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops was inserted into Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. The patrol was never extracted and did not return to any friendly base, and was never heard from again. Search efforts for the patrol's members were repeatedly stymied by bad weather and enemy presence. Subsequent investigations yielded reports that the patrol had been attacked by local militia forces and suffered casualties, but no remains of patrol members were found by the investigators. One of the U.S. soldiers on this patrol was eventually accounted for, but two others remain missing.

Staff Sergeant Klaus Bingham, who entered the U.S. Army from Hawaii, served with Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, and was a member of this patrol. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Staff Sergeant Bingham is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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