Name: Charlie Gray Lewis
Rank/Branch: E7/US Army
Unit: Company D, 16th Armor, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of Birth: 20 October 1936
Home City of Record: Fayetteville NC
Date of Loss: 17 May 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 105226N 1072634E (YT673033)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: M113
Refno: 0686
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 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 2020.


SYNOPSIS: Charlie G. Lewis was assigned to Company D, 16th Armor, 173rd
Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. On May 17, 1967, he was acting as platoon
leader during a combat mission when the armored personnel carrier in which
he was riding detonated a pressure-type mine on a concrete bridge. The
explosion caused the APC to overturn, and it was engulfed in flames. Lewis
was pinned underneath the vehicle, and attempts to remove him were

When the vehicle could be safely approached for examination, it was
discovered that any remains relating to Lewis had been destroyed by the
fire. Lewis is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were
found. 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 trace.

Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports concerning Americans still alive in
Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many experts are
completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are now held captive.

One set of critics say that the U.S. has done little to address the issue of
live POWs, preferring the politically safer issue of remains return. Others
place the blame on the Vietnamese, for using the issue of POW/MIA to their
political advantage. Regardless of blame, no living American has returned
through the efforts of negotiations between the countries, and the reports
continue to pour in. Are we doing enough to bring these men home?





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Sergeant First Class Charlie Gray Lewis entered the U.S. Army from North Carolina and served in Company D, 16th Armored Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade. On May 17, 1967, he was riding in an armored personnel carrier during a combat mission in South Vietnam when the vehicle detonated a mine while crossing a bridge near (GC) 48P YT 673 033. The resulting explosion caused the vehicle to catch on fire and overturn, pinning SFC Lewis underneath. Attempts to remove him from beneath the vehicle were unsuccessful, and he died during the incident. Once the fire was extinguished, his remains could not be recovered from the wreckage. Today, Sergeant First Class Lewis is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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