DECEASED 01/06/2005

Name: Harold DeLoss Monlux
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Unit: 559th TFS
Date of Birth: 18 August 1941 Omaha NE
Home City of Record: Sioux City IA
Date of Loss: 11 November 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 170000N 1065800E (YD093804)
Status (in 1973): Released POW
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Missions: 11

Other Personnel in Incident: Robert I. Biss (released); Nearby F4C same day:
Richard L. Butt (remains returned); Herbert B. Ringsdorf (released);

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 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.


SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served
a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and
electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2),
and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission
type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and
high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes

On November 11, 1966, two F4C aircraft were shot down about 5 miles west of
the city of Vinh Linh in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. The crew of one
consisted of pilot 1Lt. Herbert B. Ringsdorf and weapons/system operator
1Lt. Richard L. Butt. Of this crew, both were apparently captured, but only
Ringsdorf was released at the end of the war. The Department of Defense
received intelligence that Butt was dead, but evidently did not feel it was
compelling enough to declare Butt Killed in Action, as he remained in
Prisoner of War status for several years.

On April 10, 1986, Butt's remains were "discovered" and returned by the
Vietnamese and positively identified. For twenty years, Richard L. Butt was
a prisoner of war - alive or dead.

The crew of the second F4C to be shot down on November 11, 1966 was 1Lt.
Harold D. Monlux and Capt. Robert I. Biss. Both men were captured and
released at the end of the war.

There is some confusion as to the location of the loss incidents of these
four individuals. While the loss coordinates place all four in Quang Binh
Province, certain records indicate that Biss and Monlux were lost in the
next province to the north, Ha Tinh. Their grid coordinates (YD108825 and
YD093804) are close enough to be all in Quang Binh Province.

Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing,
prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S.
Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified
information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive
today. These reports are the source of serious distress to many returned
American prisoners. They had a code that no one could honorably return
unless all of the prisoners returned. Not only that code of honor, but the
honor of our country is at stake as long as even one man remains unjustly
held. It's time we brought our men home.

Richard Butt, Herbert Ringsdorf and Harold Monlux were promoted to the rank
of Captain during the period they were maintained Prisoner of War. Robert
Biss was promoted to the rank of Major.


Harold and his wife Carol resided in Oklahoma until his death.

Harold (Harry), then 2nd Lt., USAF was flying with Captain Bob Biss, USAF
when shot down 11-11-1966 in their F4C, number 64-0743.  They were with the
559 TFS, 12 TFW, Cam Ranh Bay when lost.  He was released March 4th, 1973 in
Operation Homecoming.

He later served two terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives while
remaining in the AF reserves for a 20 year career. Col. Monlux was Commander
of IRD-42, Air Force Intelligence Reserve Service, 1981- 86.  He was highly
decorate for his service.

Harry was born August 18, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska.  He graduated from the U
of Tulsa in 1964.  He graduated from pilot class 66-E.

Harry passed away January 6, 2005 after a long losing battle with

Tulsa World
Sunday, January 9, 2005

 Ex-lawmaker, Vietnam War prisoner dies at 63

Harold DeLoss Monlux, a former state lawmaker and prisoner of war, died Jan.
6. He was 63. The family will receive visitors from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at
the Floral Haven Funeral Home in Broken Arrow. A service is set for 10 a.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home......