HOEFFS, JOHN HARVEY Name: John Harvey Hoeffs Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 25 February 1946 Home City of Record: Oceanside CA Date of Loss: 28 November 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 131622N 1091848E (CQ173678) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: water Refno: 0530 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 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: SP4 John H. Hoeffs was a rifleman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry division. On November 28, 1966, Hoeffs was swimming with members of his unit in the vicinity of grid CQ 173 678 (about 10 miles north of the city of Tuy Hoa in Phy Yen Province, South Vietnam), when a large wave came in and swept several individuals out to sea. All the individuals were able to get back to shore except for SP4 Hoeffs. A helicopter was used to search off shore and along the shoreline for him, but he was never found, nor were any remains recovered. Hoeffs' is one of the unfortunate accidental deaths that occur wherever people are. The fact that he died an accidental death in the midst of war is tragically ironic. He is listed among the missing with honor, because his body was never found to be returned to the country he served. Others who are missing do not have such clear cut cases. Some were known captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards. Some were in radio contact with search teams, while others simply disappeared. Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Detractors say it would be far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains. Over 1000 eye-witness reports of living American prisoners were received by 1990. Most of them are still classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?