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 Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0326 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 1998. REMARKS: 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.