LEMCKE, DAVID EARL
Remains Returned 11/2011
Name: David Earl Lemcke
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: B Battery, 1st Battalion, 40th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group
Date of Birth: 28 July 1947
Home City of Record: Hilton NY
Date of Loss: 21 May 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 165608N 1070748E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
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 2011.
SYNOPSIS: SSgt. David Lemcke was assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 40th
Artillery, 108th Artillery Group at Outpost A1 in Quang Tri Province, South
Vietnam. He was a rifleman for his unit.
On May 21, 1968, Lemcke was in a personnel bunker with four other
individuals. One of the men was cleaning a weapon when it accidentally
discharged into a box of illumination grenades. Two of the five men were
near the entrance of the bunker and were able to escape to safety. The
bunker burned extensively, and there were numerous explosions from the large
amount of ammunition store there. No remains were ever found that could be
identified or related to Lemcke.
Lemcke is listed with honor among the missing because his remains were never
found and returned to the country he served. His case seems quite clear.
For others who are listed missing, resolution is not as simple. Many were
known to have survived their loss incident. Quite a few were in radio
contact with search teams and describing an advancing enemy. Some were
photographed or recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a
When the war ended, and 591 Americans were released in Operation Homecoming
in 1973, military experts expressed their dismay that "some hundreds" of
POWs did not come home with them. Since that time, thousands of reports
have been received, indicating that many Americans are still being held
against their will in Southeast Asia. Whether Lemcke is among them is not
at all likely. What is certain, however, is that if only one American
remains alive in enemy hands, we owe him our best effort to bring him home.
Local soldier’s remains return home to Hilton
Posted at: 11/09/2011 9:11 AM |
Updated at: 11/09/2011 7:50 PM
By: Ray Levato | WHEC.com
remains of a soldier missing in action for 40 years are
Army Sergeant David Lemcke will finally be laid to rest this
listed as missing in action in 1968 in Vietnam.
The Hilton native's remains were flown into the Rochester
airport Wednesday aboard a military jet. Fellow Vietnam
veterans escorted his casket......