CARPENTER, HOWARD B. Name: Howard B. Carpenter Rank/Branch: E5/US Army 5th Special Forces Unit: HHC, C & C Detachment Date of Birth: 23 February 1944 (New Castle PA) Home City of Record: Youngstown OH Date of Loss: 06 March 1967 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 161817N 1070226E (YD180036) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0608 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: U.S. Army Special Forces SGT Howard B. Carpenter was a member of a company-sized exploitation force infiltrated into enemy territory. On March 6, 1967, the company was in southern Savannakhet Province, Laos near the border of South Vietnam when it made contact with an enemy force of unknown size. In the ensuing battle, Carpenter was fatally wounded as he attempted to assist other personnel who had been wounded. Carpenter's remains were recovered by another teammember and it was determined that he had died from the wounds he had received during the firefight. Because of enemy pressure in the area, the company was forced to leave Carpenter's remains behind as they sought a more secure position. It was not possible to ever retrieve Carpenter's remains. He is listed with honor among nearly 2500 Americans who remain unaccounted for from the war in Vietnam. Carpenter's case seems clear enough, and although it is tragic that this American hero cannot be buried in the soil for which he proudly fought, his family at least knows with some certainty what happened to him. Tragically, experts now believe, based on thousands of reports, that hundreds of Americans did not die, but are still held prisoner in Southeast Asia. Carpenter would not have left them behind. How can we?