FELLOWS, ALLEN EUGENE
Name: Allen Eugene Fellows
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
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
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.
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
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.