Remains Returned September 1990

Name: Stephen Howard Cuthbert
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 13th TFS
Date of Birth: 19 June 1943
Home City of Record: Oakland CA
Date of Loss: 03 July 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 180720N 1054347E (WF778023)
Status (In 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E

Other Personnel In Incident: Marion "Tony" Marshall (Returned 1973)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 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.


SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served
a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and
electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2),
and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission
type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and
high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes

The F4J fighter plane piloted by Stephen Cuthbert and navigated by Marion
"Tony" Marshall was shot down on July 3, 1972, 70 miles northwest of Dong
Hoi in North Vietnam. A September 1972 Radio Hanoi broadcast stated that the
North Vietnamese had captured Capt. Marshall and mentioned the pilot,
Cuthbert, by name.

Marshall was taken prisoner and subsequently released in the spring of 1973.
He maintains that he never revealed the correct name of his pilot, although
just one week before he was to be released, Marshall's Vietnamese captors
returned his personal belongings to him, and included Cuthbert's custom-made
wedding band.

The Vietnamese deny any knowledge of Cuthbert. They maintain that to
"discover" additional information on Americans, they must have increased
"cooperation" from the United States so that their people will perceive
"good will." Cuthbert is one of nearly 2500 Americans lost in Southeast
Asia, and only one of many about whom the Vietnamese have certain knowledge
which they are withholding.

Stephen H. Cuthbert was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he
was maintained Missing in Action.

On December 20, 1990, the U.S. announced that remains returned by the
Vietnamese the previous September had been positively identified as those of
Stephen H. Cuthbert.




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On December 17, 1990, the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii (CILHI, now DPAA) identified the remains of Major Stephen Howard Cuthbert, missing from the Vietnam War.

Major Cuthbert joined the U.S. Air Force from California and was a member of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On July 3, 1972, he piloted an F-4E Phantom II that was shot down during a mission northwest of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. Maj Cuthbert died in the incident, and his remains could not be immediately recovered. Post-war search efforts led to the recovery of Maj Cuthbert's remains in September 1990. U.S. analysts identified the remains a short time later.

Major Cuthbert is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.


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