MALONE, JIMMY MCDONALD
Name: Jimmy McDonald Malone
Rank/Branch: E1/US Army
Unit: Company C, 1st Btn, 503rd Infantry, 173 Airborne Brigade
Date of Birth: 13 September 1946 (Memphis TN)
Home City of Record: Norfolk VA
Date of Loss: 04 May 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 110432N 1064530E (XT922249)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
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: Pvt. Jimmy Malone was the radio operator for Charlie Company,
which was operating at the time of his tour in Binh Hoa Province, Republic
of Vietnam. On May 4, 1966, as 4-5 platoons were encamped at a temporary
position, Malone was instructed to go to the weapons platoon position to
pick up his platoon's mail, and did not show up at 1830 hours for a standard
briefing that all personnel were required to attend.
A search was initiated for Malone, but no trace of him was found. The
Battalion commander ordered the search to include helicopters equipped with
loud speaker systems to broadcast instructions in case he could hear. The
search continued for the remainder of the day and for the next. Another
platoon was called in to assist, but no trace of Malone was ever found.
Malone is among nearly 2500 Americans remain unaccounted for in Vietnam.
Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports concerning Americans missing or
unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government.
Many experts are completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are now
being 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?
Jimmy M. Malone was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period
he was maintained missing.