KALIL, TANOS E. Name: Tanos E. Kalil Rank/Branch: U.S. Civilian Unit: Date of Birth: 08 August 1929 Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 08 February 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 104936N 1065628E (YS126965) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Auto Refno: 1375 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. Other Personnel In Incident: John J. Fritz; James A. Newingham (both released) REMARKS: 690613 DIC; ON PRG LIST SYNOPSIS: Tanos E. Kalil, John J. Fritz and James A. Newingham were three U.S. civilians captured by Viet Cong forces on February 8, 1969 in Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam. The three were held together as captives. In 1973 Operation Homecoming occurred and 591 Americans were released by the Vietnamese. Two of those lucky Americans were John Fritz and James Newingham. John Fritz told of having been tortured and repeatedly thrown in a pit with snakes and scorpions. Being held in South Vietnam and Cambodia had its own horrors. Fritz and Newingham were lucky to be alive. The two also told of Tanos Kalil's fate. In April 1969, they reported, Kalil fell ill with kidney problems. Because of poor medical attention and even poorer diet, the illness grew more serious and he ultimately died in June 1969 and was buried near camp. The Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) listed Tanos Kalil as a prisoner who had died while in captivity. They did not return his remains to U.S. control. For over 20 years, the U.S. has been unable to bargain for even those Americans known to have been held captive and now are deceased. Many consider this an outrage. Even more outrageous, certainly, is the mounting evidence that hundreds of Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. While Vietnam and the U.S. hold talks which focus on the only remaining barrier to normalized relations being Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia, families of the nearly 2500 missing men stand by in helpless horror. [ssrep6.txt 02/09/93] South Vietnam Tanos E. Kalil (1375) On February 8, 1969, Mr. Kalil and two other civilian technical representatives, James A. Newington and John J. Fritz, all under contract to the U.S. Army's 34th General Support Group, were traveling in a convoy in the area of the town of Long Thanh in Dong Nai Province. Their convoy was ambushed by Vietnamese communist forces, and the three were captured. Mr. Kalil was listed as a prisoner at the time of Operation Homecoming. The Provisional Revolutionary Government reported he had died in captivity on June 13, 1969. His remains have not yet been repatriated. Mr. Newington and Mr. Fritz returned alive from captivity. They reported that Mr. Kalil was extremely ill and incoherent in June 1969 as a result of a kidney problem. On June 10, he was given four injections by camp staff; it appeared that he died after those injections. He was removed from the prison. Guards later returned and removed all Mr. Kalil's belongings. They said he was merely being taken to a hospital and was not dead.