HUNTER, JAMES D. Name: James D. Hunter Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: Company A, 1st Btn, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 20 February 1949 Home City of Record: Portland TN Date of Loss: 29 October 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 163329N 1073955E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Refno: 1315 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: PFC James Hunter was a rifleman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. On October 29, 1968, he and members of his unit were swimming in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. Hunter was on an air mattress and was last seen when a wave swept him from it, and he disappeared under the water. A search was conducted for him or for his body, but was unsuccessful. For the units assigned on coastal areas, swimming was a great recreation. The beaches in many parts of Vietnam rival any others in the world. Unfortunately, there occurred a number of accidental drownings - deaths that are tragically ironic in the midst of a war. James Hunter listed with honor among the missing because no remains were found. His case is quite clear. For others who are listed missing, resolution is not as simple. Many were known to have survived their loss incident. Quite a few were in radio contact with search teams and describing an advancing enemy. Some were photographed or recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a trace. As reports mount that have convinced experts that hundreds of Americans are still alive as captives in Southeast Asia, one must think of the frivolity of tens of thousands of lives spent, and question whether our national honor can remain intact until and unless all our men are brought home.