Remains Identified 10/30/01

Name: John Anthony Feldhaus
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Date of Birth: 03 October 1938
Home City of Record: LAWRENCEBURG TN
Date of Loss: 08 October 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 192900 North 1053000 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H #137629
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0489

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.



No further information available at this time.



AMERICANS ACCOUNTED FOR:  The League learned today that the remains of seven
US personnel previously unaccounted for from the Vietnam War had been
identified.  The remains of Navy CDR John A. Feldhaus of TN were jointly
recovered in North Vietnam on April 26, 2000.  The remains of Air Force
Reservists Capt Fred C. Cutrer, Jr, of MS and 1LT Leonard L. Kaster of MA
were jointly recovered in South Vietnam and repatriated on May 22, 1997.
The February 11, 2000, joint recovery in Laos of the remains of four Americans
brought identification of WO1 Barry F. Fivelson of IL, Specialists 4th Class
Willis C. Crear of AL, Donald E. Crone of CA and John L. Powers of Idaho.

Comment:  The League offers support to each family, recognizing the end to
many years of uncertainty for all. This brings the number accounted for
since the end of the war to 636: 455 from Vietnam, 156 from Laos, 23 from
Cambodia and 2 from the PRC.  Of the 1949 still missing and unaccounted for,
1470 are in Vietnam, 411 in Laos, 60 in Cambodia and 8 in the territorial
waters of the PRC.  Of the total number, roughly 90% were lost in areas
under Vietnam's wartime control.


No. 622-01
December 6, 2001


The remains of an American serviceman missing in action from the Vietnam War
have been identified and returned to his family in the United States.
Identified is Navy Cmdr. John A. Feldhaus, of Lawrenceberg, Tenn.

On Oct. 8, 1966, Feldhaus took off from the carrier USS Oriskany in an A-1H
Skyraider on an armed reconnaissance mission over Thanh Hoa Province, North
Vietnam.  As he and his wingman entered heavy clouds, Feldhaus radioed that
he had been hit by enemy ground fire and his right wing was on fire.  His
wingman never saw Feldhaus' aircraft again, but he did report seeing a
fireball on the ground which he believed to be an aircraft crash.

The wingman and another aircrew searched the area of the crash without
success.  They saw no parachute and heard no emergency radio signals.  The
visual search was hampered by enemy ground fire and deteriorating weather.
Electronic surveillance continued on the succeeding days, but revealed

In October 1993, a joint U.S./Vietnamese team led by Joint Task Force-Full
Accounting conducted an investigation in Thanh Hoa Province where they
believed the crash occurred, but they found no aircraft debris or remains.
Between 1996 and 2000, another four investigations or excavations were
conducted in Vietnam, yielding aircraft debris, pilot-related artifacts,
personal effects and remains.

Among the forensic tools used by the U.S. Army Central Identification
Laboratory Hawaii (CILHI) to confirm the identification was that of
mitochondrial DNA, in which DNA from a skeletal fragment was matched to that
of a Feldhaus family member.

There are currently more than 1,900 Americans unaccounted-for from the war
in Southeast Asia.





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On June 29, 2001, the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA, now DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant Commander John Anthony Feldhaus, missing from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant Commander Feldhaus joined the U.S. Navy from Tennessee and was a member of Attack Squadron 152. On October 8, 1966, he took off from the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) piloting an A-1H Skyraider (bureau number 137629) on an armed reconnaissance mission over Than Hoa Province, North Vietnam. Lieutenant Feldhaus' aircraft was downed by enemy ground fire during the mission, and he died in the resulting crash. Immediate search efforts were unsuccessful. After the war, joint U.S. and Vietnamese search teams investigated LCDR Feldhaus's crash site and recovered remains there. In 2001, modern forensic techniques identified the recovered remains as those of LCDR Feldhaus. 

Lieutenant Commander Feldhaus is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

If you are a family member of this serviceman, you may contact your casualty office representative to learn more about your service member.