MONLUX, HAROLD DELOSS
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
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.
REMARKS: RELSD 730218 BY DRV
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.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
HAROLD D. MONLUX
Captain - United States Air Force
Shot Down: November 11, 1966
Released: March 4, 1973
By way of introduction, I was born August 18, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska. My
family moved to Sioux City, Iowa, when I was two and I spent the next
sixteen years there. I then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend the
University of Tulsa. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Marketing
and accepted a commission through the AFROTC program.
I came on active duty January of 1965 at Vance AFB, Oklahoma where I
attended pilot training. I then attended a series of short schools and
became combat ready in the F4C and left for Cam Ranh Bay AFB, South Vietnam
in late October 1966.
November 11, 1966 was a day I shall never forget. I was in a flight of three
F4C's striking a military storage area just north of the DMZ. We were hit by
ground fire and had to bail out. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions
my fate could not be determined and I was listed as MIA. I then began an
unforgettable thirty-eight day trip to Hanoi followed by six years and four
months confinement in North Vietnam.
Many have asked me how I made it through this long ordeal. A complete answer
to this question would be very long and difficult to write. There are,
however, a few things that I feel are particularly important.
I love my country. I love the people that make it the best country in the
world, therefore, I tried to conduct myself in a manner which would be in
their best interests.
When I came into the service I made a bargain with the Air Force and,
therefore, with my country. My personal code of ethics places a very high
value on keeping one's word and this I tried to do to the best of my
The sense of humor that Americans possess was another very important factor.
We laughed when things were at their lowest ebb.
All of these factors and many more contributed to an esprit de corps that I
believe has never been topped. It was indeed a great honor for me to have
served with this very distinguished and extraordinary group of men.
A word to those great Americans who supported the prisoners and kept faith
in us. I sincerely believe that this support contributed to a large extent
in the improvement of treatment in late '69 and to our return. For this I
will be forever grateful.
Finally, I would like to express my feelings toward President Nixon. He
conducted himself and the affairs of our country with dignity. He destroyed
the credibility gap. He had the intestinal fortitude to do what he felt was
right during an extremely trying time for our country. For these and many
other reasons I have the greatest respect for this man.
Thanks again to each and every one of you and may God bless you all.
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
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
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......