CONWAY, JAMES BENNETT
Name: James Bennett Conway
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army 5th Special Forces
Unit: Detachment A-253, Company B
Date of Birth: 23 November 1930
Home City of Record: Franklin TN
Date of Loss: 12 April 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 141200N 1073627E (YA814713)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 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 2020.
SYNOPSIS: Capt. James B. Conway was a member of a combat reconnaissance
patrol operating from the Special Forces Camp at Kontum when his patrol
encountered enemy forces and engaged in a firefight. The patrol was at that
time in the extreme southern portion of Kontum Province, near the Se San
Following the battle, Capt. Conway could not be located. A search was
initiated, but no sign of him was found. Conway was declared Missing in
Action, but by 1973 was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered.
James Conway is among nearly 2500 Americans who remain unaccounted for in
Southeast Asia. Many were known to have been captured, or were alive and
well and in radio contact with would-be rescuers.
When the peace documents were signed ending American involvement in the
Vietnam War, and the general prisoner release occurred, Conway was not among
those who came home. Military leaders later expressed their dismay that
"some hundreds" expected to be released were not. Yet, only perfunctory
efforts ensued to obtain the prisoners expected to still be held.
As reports mount that have convinced many experts that hundreds of Americans
are still alive in the hands of a long-ago enemy, the question arises,
"Where is James Conway?" If he is one of those who are still alive, what
must he be thinking of us?
During the period he was maintained Missing in Action, James B. Conway was
promoted to the rank of Major.