HARVEY, JACK ROCKWOOD
Name: Jack Rockwood Harvey
Unit: Udorn Airfield, Thailand
Date of Birth: 14 September 1947
Home City of Record: Gardner ME
Loss Date: 28 November 1972
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 161500N 1080000E (ZC065915)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Bobby M. Jones (missing)
Source: Compiled 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 in 2020.
SYNOPSIS: On November 28, 1972, Jack Harvey and Bobby Jones were flying an
F4D Phantom jet on a non-combat flight from their base at Udorn, Thailand to
Da Nang, South Vietnam. The purpose of the mission was to log flight hours
for Jones to maintain his Flight Surgeon status.
Shortly before arriving at Da Nang, when the aircraft was about 18 miles
northwest of its destination, it disappeared from the radar screen without
any voice contact. A few hours later, emergency signals were heard, but
rescue efforts were hampered by monsoon rains and enemy held territory. When
search teams were able to enter the area three days later, they did not
locate the crew of the F4D. No further word has surfaced on either Harvey or
Examination of intelligence reports indicate that there was more than one
prison "system" in Vietnam. Those prisoners who were released in 1973 were
maintained in the same systems. If Harvey was captured and kept in another
system, the POWs who returned did not know it.
Now, nearly 20 years later, men like Harvey are all but forgotten except by
friends, family and fellow veterans. The U.S. "priority" placed on
determining their fates pales in comparison to the results it has achieved.
Since Harvey went missing, over 6000 reports have been received by the U.S.
that Americans are still being held captive in Southeast Asia. Whether
Harvey is among them is not known. What is certain, however, is that we, as
a nation, are guilty of the abandonment of nearly 2500 of our best and most
courageous men. We cannot forget, and must do everything in our power to
bring these men home.