BROWN, JAMES AUSTON Name: James Auston Brown Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: 362nd Engineer Company, 588th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade Date of Birth: 18 September 1949 Home City of Record: Humboldt TN Date of Loss: 12 August 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 112518N 1061627E (XT390628) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat Refno: 1656 Other Personnel in Incident: (none 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On August 12, 1970, SP4 James A. Brown was serving as an engineer in South Vietnam. He was assigned to the 32nd Engineer Company, 588th Battalion. At abou 1730 hours, while bathing in a river in Tay Ninh Province (about 25 miles west of the city of Chon Thanh), SP4 Brown lost his footing and was swept downstream. Immediate rescue efforts were made, but were unsuccessful. The next day, extensive water, ground and aerial searches were made without success. SP4 Brown was on a non-duty position at the time he was lost. Although some U.S. Government records state that SP4 Brown was lost on a boat, U.S. Army records relate the loss to a drowning in the river, and no mention is made of a boat. James Austin is one of nearly 2500 Americans who are still missing from the Vietnam War. Although it seems clear that Brown died the day he was missing, he is listed among the missing because no remains were ever found to return home. The cases of others who are missing are not as clear. Some were known captives; others were in radio contact with search teams. Still others were alive and well when last seen, but simply vanished. Since American military involvement in Southeast Asia ended in 1975, thousands of refugee reports have been received by the U.S. Government indicating to many authorities that hundreds of Americans are still alive, held captive by communist governments of Southeast Asia. Reports continue to come in, haunting not only those who care for these men and want them home, but also those who fear for the next generation who goes to fight for their country.