CADWELL, ANTHONY BLAKE Name: Anthony Blake Cadwell Rank/Branch: E2/US Army Unit: 188th Maintenance Battalion Date of Birth: 09 August 1945 (Oakland CA) Home City of Record: Missoula MT Date of Loss: 17 October 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 152722N 1084011E (BT540075) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0863 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 June 1990 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On October 17, 1967, Private Anthony B. Cadwell and a friend departed their unit area to go swimming at the USO Beach at Chu Lai, South Vietnam. At 1400 hours, they entered the water. After 10 minutes, the friend noticed that Cadwell was being carried away by the current and undertow, so he returned to shore, although with some difficulty. When Cadwell's friend reached shore, he looked back and saw Cadwell floating on his back about 100 yards offshore. Two swimmers with air mattresses attempted to reach him as he called for help. Another swimmer was observed attempting to reach him, and the friend went for more help. However, before help could reach him, Private Cadwell sank and was not seen again. Search efforts were conducted by helicopter and divers without success. Cadwell is one of nearly 60,000 casualties of the Vietnam War. Some deaths, like his, were unrelated to battle. Cadwell is listed with honor among the nearly 2500 Americans who remained unaccounted for in Southeast Asia at the end of the war, because his remains were never found. Unlike Cadwell, the bulk of the missing could be readily accounted for. The communist governments of Southeast Asia remain resolute in their refusal to do so in a timely manner. Tragically, thousands of reports of Americans still held captive have been received. Many experts believe hundreds are still alive. It's time we brought our men home.