JABLONSKI, MICHAEL JAMES Name: Michael James Jablonski Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: Company D, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 20 October 1949 Home City of Record: Chicago IL Date of Loss: 27 June 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 101006N 1062825E (XS614246) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat (some lists say Ground) Refno: 1462 Other Personnel in Incident: (none 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 1998. REMARKS: DROWNED IN RIVER SYNOPSIS: At 1650 hours on June 27, 1969, PFC Michael J. Jablonski's unit was on a combat mission in Kien Hoa Province in the Delta region of South Vietnam, and attempting to cross a stream 30 meters wide and 20 feet deep. Jablonski reached the middle of the stream and could no longer hold on to the single rope bridge. The swift current of the stream pulled him downstream. Realizing that Jablonski was in trouble, one member of the company untied the rope at the west bank and attempted to get the rope to him, however, he had drifted too far downstream. Members of the company watched him submerge completely under the ater twice and resurface twice. By the time one menmber was able to swim to him, it was too late. Jablonski's last known position was 150 meters downstream from the point of loss. Extensive searches were conducted 300 meters downstream by men on the ground and with 2 helicopters, but no sign of Jablonski was ever found. War is hell. Men are killed by other men whom they call their enemy. But men are also killed by "misadventure" - by senseless drowning, falls, and by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. At nineteen, Mike Jablonski had just begun to live. Because no trace of Jablonski's remains were found, his name is maintained among those who are missing and captured in Southeast Asia. Experts believe that hundreds of these Americans are still alive, captive, and want to come home. One can imagine that Jablonski would gladly serve on one more mission to help bring them home.