FELLOWS, ALLEN EUGENE

Name: Allen Eugene Fellows
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
Unit:
Date of Birth: 01 December 1931
Home City of Record: Minneapolis MN
Date of Loss: 20 March 1968
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 162000N 1060000E (XD068059)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: O2A
Refno: 1099
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project  01 April 1991 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.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Allen Fellows had been in the Air Force 18 years when he took his
O2A observation plane into Laos on a mission. While in flight, and somewhere
about 30 miles southwest of the city of Sepone, Laos, his aircraft
disappeared and was never found. No trace of Fellows was found.

Allen's family, like the families of the other men lost in the Vietnam war,
waited for news. At the end of the war a prisoner released occurred, but
Allen, like the nearly 600 others lost in Laos, where the U.S. "wasn't at
war", was not released. His family understood. The U.S. Government urged
them to be patient. The CIA had a list of men held in Laos. The U.S. and the
Pathet Lao still had to talk. Lao spokesmen indicated they held "tens of
tens" of American prisoners in Laos. The years passed, and not a man came
home.

Finally, in 1979, Allen's family held a memorial service at the
encouragement of the Air Force, hoping that it would help end their torture.
It didn't. Reports mounted that Americans were still alive. Family members
were slowly forced to conclude that the U.S. Government had not been fully
truthful with them. They feared that their men had truly been abandoned.

A decade after Allen's memorial service was held, the U.S. Government has
not been successful in learning his fate. Reports relating to Americans
prisoner, missing or unaccounted for still flow in, having reached a total
of over 10,000. Many experts believe that hundreds of Americans are being
held, but negotiations seem inadequate to bring any one of them home.

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01/2020

COL ALLEN EUGENE FELLOWS

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Major (Maj) Allen Eugene Fellows entered the U.S. Air Force from Minnesota and served in the 507th Direct Air Support Squadron. On March 20, 1968, he took off as the sole occupant of an O-2A Skymaster (tail number 67-21338, call sign "Covey 616") on a solo forward air controller (FAC) mission out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in support of a combat base near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. He made radio contact roughly fifteen minutes into the flight and reported no mechanical difficulties or enemy activity; however, he made no further contact and was not seen again. His aircraft fell out of radar contact when it was over (GC) 48Q XD 068 059, and he missed his next scheduled transmission and did not land at any friendly airbase in the area. Search and rescue operations were conducted but were unsuccessful in locating the missing aircraft or Maj Fellows, and he remains unaccounted for. Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the U.S. Air Force promoted Major Fellows to the rank of Colonel (Col). Today, Colonel Fellows is Memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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