Remains Returned 740816, ID'd 750323

Name: Steven Andrew Haukness
Rank/Branch: Civilian
Unit: FSS-4, U.S. State Department
Date of Birth: ca 1941
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 01 February 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162721N 1973540E (YD770210)
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of  War
Category: 1
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1016
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 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 in 2020.

REMARKS: 740816 REMS RECOV - 750323 ID'D

SYNOPSIS: On the second night of Tet, 1968, thousands of Viet Cong and North
Vietnamese troops poured out of the jungles and rice paddies in an all-out
assault on the cities of South Vietnam. By dawn, Hue, the ancient imperial
capital, was in communist hands.

Several Americans and other civilians were captured in the early hours of the
assault, including Steven A. Haukness, who worked for the U.S. State Department
at Hue. Haukness was captured with a man named Miller (no further information
available), who was later killed and his body recovered. Haukness was thought to
be seen later with another group believed to be four Germans who were also later
murdered (no names available).

When 591 Americans were released as part of the agreements ending U.S.
hostilities in Vietnam, several of those captured at Hue were released. However,
Haukness was not among them. Then in 1975, remains were recovered at an
unspecified location which were subsequently identified March 23, 1975, as being
those of Steven A. Haukness.

Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam.
Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports concerning missing Americans in
Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many experts are
completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive.

One set of critics say that the U.S. has done little to address the issue of
live POWs, preferring the politically safer issue of remains return. Others
place the blame on the Vietnamese, for using the issue of POW/MIA to their
political advantage. Regardless of blame, no living American has returned
through the efforts of negotiations between the countries, and the reports
continue to pour in. Are we doing enough to bring these men home?





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On March 23, 1975, the Central Identification Laboratory–Thailand (CILT, now DPAA) identified the remains of Steven Andrew Haukness, missing from the Vietnam War.

Mr. Haukness was a civilian from North Dakota and was employed with the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service communicator stationed at the consulate general in Da Nang, Vietnam. On January 31, 1968, he was personal leave in Hue during the Tet holiday, when the city came under attack by North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces. Mr. Haukness was killed during the attack, though the detailed circumstances surrounding his death are unknown, and his body was not recovered at the time. Between 1973 and 1975, search teams recovered human remains from a gravesite correlating to his loss, and these remains were later identified by U.S. analysts as those of Mr. Haukness.

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