Name: Di Reyes Ibanez
Rank/Branch: USMC, E2
Unit: 3rd Marine Division 3rd Recon Bn.
Date of Birth: 19 June 41
Home City of Record: San Diego, CA
Date of Loss: 05 June 67
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 163800N 1064700E
Status (in 1973): Missing
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Other Personnel In Incident:

Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 1993 from the following
published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA
Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate Select
Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases that the
Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about each
case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost, and
detail the information learned since the date of loss.  Information in the
case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not
include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential
facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know
their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized
here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these
summaries."  2020

On June 5, 1967, Sergeant Ibanez was a member of a 3rd Marine Division
reconnaissance patrol in Quang Tri Province.  Shortly after midnight, a
guard heard a moan and the sound of brush breaking from the area where
Sergeant Ibanez was sleeping.  A later search party recovered his rifle and
pack.  In the morning a patrol located a partial dental plate and blood
trail.  The blood trail led along a path from his last known location to a
nearby village. A search of the area turned up freshly dug foxholes with
evidence of recent occupancy and signs that something had been dragged along
the trail.  The partial plate was described by the unit's dental surgeon as
identical to the teeth artificially replaced.  Sergeant Ibanez was never

Sergeant Ibanez was initially declared missing.  In March 1978, he was
declared dead/body not recovered.  He was not reported alive in the
Vietnamese prison system by returning U.S. POWs.





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Sergeant Di Reyes Ibanez, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from California, served with Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. On June 5, 1967, he was a member of a long range reconnaissance patrol in the vicinity of Khe San, South Vietnam, that had set up a guarded night defensive position. In the middle of the night, one of the other patrol members heard moaning and the crackle of brush.  When he went to investigate, he discovered that Sgt Ibanez was not in his assigned position; however, he assumed Sgt Ibanez had relocated to a more favorable sleeping position to avoid the rain. At daybreak, the patrol confirmed that Sgt Ibanez was missing, and initiated a search of the area. Other reinforcements arrived to augment the search. A trail of blood was discovered but Sgt Ibanez could not be located. Further attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. After the incident, the Marine Corps promoted Sgt Ibanez to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt). Today, Gunnery Sergeant Ibanez is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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