GOLTZ, JOHN BRYAN Name: John Bryan Golz Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy Unit: Date of Birth: 19 July 1945 Home City of Record: Rock Island IL Date of Loss: 22 Apri 1970 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 155904N 1064053E Status (in 1973): Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C Refno: 1599 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: When Douglas Aircraft created the A4 Skyhawk the intent was to provide the Navy and Marine Corps with an inexpensive, lightweight attack and ground support aircraft. The design emphasized low-speed control and stability during take-off and landing as well as strength enough for catapult launch and carrier landings. The plane was so compact that it did not need folding wings for aboardship storage and handling. In spite of its diminutive size, the A4 packed a devastating punch and performed well where speed and maneuverability were essential. Ltjg. John B. Golz was the pilot of an A4C Skyhawk sent on a bombing raid over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos on April 22, 1970. During the mission, his plane crashed and exploded when struck by enemy fire. His family holds little hope that John survived the incident and feels that he was probably dead before he hit the ground. The alternative, they say, thinking of him as a prisoner for all those years, would be unbearable. They feel they may have more peace of mind than other families. The Golz family is lucky to have information that indicates their son is dead. Nearly 600 Americans were lost in Laos, and even those who were known to be alive on the ground and captured, disappeared without a trace. The Lao made public statements that they held prisoners, and that they would be released only from Laos, yet no agreement was ever made with the Lao regarding American prisoners. In the years following the fall of Saigon in 1975, refugees have fled Southeast Asia, bringing with them reports of Americans still alive and in captivity in their homelands. By early 1987, the number of these reports topped the 5000 mark. A committee charged with investigating Defense Intelligence Agency, the entity charged with analysis of these reports, concluded that there was a strong possiblity that Americans were being held against their will. John Golz was willing to die trying to keep a little nation free from communism. How much more willing he would be to fly one more mission for those of his comrades who were left behind in the hands of those communists. The Bush administration has stated that the resolution of the POW/MIA issue is one of "highest national priority". President Nixon said the same thing. These words have no meaning to the hundreds of Americans thought to be still alive. They need to be brought home.