RIP 15 Sept 2013

Name: Carroll E. Flora
Rank/Branch: United States Army/E6
Unit: DET 5 SFG
Date of Birth: 20 August 1941
Home City of Record: Brunswick MO
Date of Loss: 21 July 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates:   160330 North 1073700 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH47
Other Personnel in Incident: None

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.
Synopsis is QUOTED directly from page 14 of Ben Schemmer's "THE RAID" by Avon.



"Carroll Flora's wife was typical of those kept in limbo so long, not knowing if a husband was alive
or dead.  Sergeant First Class Carroll Flora became missing in action on July 21, 1967, during an
Army Special Forces night action.  For six years, his wife didn't know if he had been killed, captured,
or was still trying to evade capture in the jungles and hills of Laos.  She never received one letter from
him, or he from her.  On Saturday, January 29, 1973, 2,017 days after he was listed as MIA, the
North Vietnamese released his name in Paris as one of the prisoners who would be returned home.
Flora was only one of 53 men released about whom North Vietnam had given out no information
whatsoever during  the entire time they were held prisoner."


Ex POW Carroll Edward Flora, Jr.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:42:07 -0700
James Lynch

I wanted to pass along that a great friend of mine "Ed" Flora, passed 
unto the Father on 15 September 2013, in Payson, Arizona; present with 
him were his younger brother Frank Flora, his daughter Teresa, and son 
Dwayne. Ed was captured after being wounded on 21 July 1967 during a 
SOG SPIKE Team mission, and was released on 5 March 1973 from Hanoi, 
enduring 68 months in captivity. At the end, his mind was willing, but 
his body was flat worn out. After all he went through, he was always 
willing to help and always looked out for others. Ed was cremated, 
wanted no kind of ceremony, and said he didn't want to burden anyone. 
His family did spread some of his ashes at the assisted living 
facility he was staying at where he made several close friends.


MSG Carroll Edward (Ed) Flora Jr. passed away Sunday,
Sept. 15, 2013 at the Powell House Assisted Living home
in Payson, Arizona.


Here are a few links about Ed, truly a silent hero who was
captured and held in SVN by the Viet Cong, listed as MIA
until the signed Peace Agreement.


Payson Arizona Paper 


Ed Flora Obituary


Veteran's Tribute 


POW Network Data


Military Times Hall of Valor 


MSG Flora's interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
is on Friday, 2 May 2014. Gather at the Administration Building
NLT 1100 Hours.




"I am an italian writer trying to collect every info regarding Carroll Flora's
life in the army. Anybody who new this man and/or have any info, documents,
photos, etc., is kindly asked to write me.
My material collecting is fully authorized by Flora's son.  Any help will
fully appreciated.
I really think his life should not be forgotten.

marswallace@yahoo.com "