CARVER, HARRY FRANKLIN
Name: Harry Franklin Carver
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: Company E, 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 24 May 1942
Home City of Record: New Albany IN
Date of Loss: 10 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 103815N 1065849E (YS166765)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
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.
SYNOPSIS: SSGT Harry F. Carver was assigned to Company E, 15th Engineer
Battalion, 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam. On April 10, 1968, Carver was a
member of an airboat patrol operating about 35 kilometers southeast of
Saigon in Bien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam.
At about 1330 hours that day, an enemy force ambushed the airboat with
rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire, wounding several men,
including Carver. Several other members of the patrol reported that Carter
was wounded, was bleeding profusely, and was slumped over in the driver's
seat of the airboat when the craft capsized and Carter disappeared.
Ground, air and water searches were conducted in an attempt to recover
Carter, but to no avail. Area villagers and officials were later questioned,
but no additional information was learned about Carver's fate.
SSGT Carver was classified Killed in action, body not recovered. He is
listed with honor among nearly 2500 Americans who remain unaccounted for in
Southeast Asia because his remains were never found.
Carver's case seem clear. In what experts now believe are hundreds of other
cases, however, things are not so easily explained. Thousands of reports
received now indicate that hundreds of Americans are still held captive in
Southeast Asia. While Carter may never return to the country he proudly
served, we must do all we can to see to it that his death is honored by
returning all our men home.