Name: Grayland Jones
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: 128th Signal Company, Port Command, 1st Logistics Command
Date of Birth: 01 September 1950
Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN
Date of Loss: 23 November 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 115102N 1090917E (CP128205)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: water (some lists say Boat)
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 2020.
SYNOPSIS: PFC Grayland Jones was assigned to the 128th Signal Company, Port
Command. On November 23, 1969, he was off duty and attending a swimming
party at a transmitter Naval site at the beach at Cam Ranh Bay. While Jones
was swimming, he called for help and disappeared.
A thorough search was made of the area and all local islands without
revealing any sign of PFC Jones.
In February 1975, a source reported a grave site that could possibly
correlate to the loss of PFC Jones, but no remains were recovered despite a
thorough investigation of the report.
Jones' loss 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. Distracters 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
1989. 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?