KIMSEY, WILLIAM ARTHUR JR. REMAINS IDENTIFIED 07/31/01
Name: William Arthur Kimsey, Jr. Rank/Branch: W2/US Army Unit: 220th Recon Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade Date of Birth: 09 January 1947 (Oak Ridge TN) Home City of Record: Reliance TN Loss Date: 21 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 170013N 1070543E (YD230810) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: O1D Refno: 1001
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 2001.
Other Personnel In Incident: Charles J. Ramsay (missing)
SYNOPSIS: On January 21, 1968, an O1D aircraft (tail #57-2930) from "Catkillers" (220th Recon Aviation Company) departed the Hue/Phu Bai airfield on a combat support mission (the Marines describe the mission as an "NGF mission over North Vietnam") over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The crew of the aircraft consisted of U.S. Army WO1 William A. Kimsey Jr., pilot; and U.S. Marine Capt. Charles J. Ramsey, aerial observer.
The aircraft was directing Naval gunfire on an active anti-aircraft site when radio contact was lost. Just prior to radio failure, WO Kimsey reported that their aircraft had been hit. A Forward Air Controller (FAC) on station conducted a search for several hours without locating the crash site or making contact with the crew.
Defense Department records list a slight variance in latitude and longitude location of loss for Kimsey and Ramsay, but the U.S. Army confirms that both men were last known to be at grid coordinates YD230810, and that there is no reason to suspect either of the crew bailed out.
Bill Kimsey had been 21 for two weeks when his O1D aircraft was shot down just into North Vietnam near the DMZ. Ramsey was an "old man" of 35. There has been no further word of him or of Charles Ramsay.
Although there is no substantive information on the crew of the O1D, evidence continues to mount that some Americans are still held prisoner of war. There are nearly 2500 Americans who did not return from Southeast Asia at the end of the war. Some were known to have been taken prisoner. Most can be accounted for by the communist governments of the region.
The Vietnamese have continually raised the issue of accountability in the context of aid and/or diplomatic and trade relations, but the U.S. Government has been reluctant to negotiate on this basis, preferring instead to maintain a strict "humanitarian" level of discussion, which has resulted in the return of a few remains, but no American prisoners of war.
Our American soldiers go to war prepared to be wounded, taken prisoner, even prepared to die. They do not go prepared to be abandoned. If there is even ONE American alive, we must do everything possible to bring him home.
UPDATE LINE: July 31, 2001 Thank you for calling the National League of Families Update Line. This message is being recorded Monday, July 31st. According to the Department of Defense, there are now 1,957 Americans missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
This morning, the League was informed that two Americans, initially listed as MIA on January 21, 1968, are now accounted for. The remains of US Army Reserve Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Kimsey and his co-pilot, a US Marine, were jointly recovered in North Vietnam on January 1, 1998.