MCCANTS, LELAND STANFORD III Name: Leland Stanford McCants III Rank/Branch: O2/US Army Unit: Battery B, 3rd Btn, 34th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 31 October 1948 Home City of Record: Alexandria VA Date of Loss: 30 December 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 100531N 1062149E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Refno: 1352 Source: Compiled 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 in 1998. REMARKS: DROWNED IN RIVER CROSSING SYNOPSIS: On December 30, 1968 1Lt. Leland McCants of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 34th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division, was an artillery forward observer with an infantry company from the same division. During the unit's patrol in Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, a river crossing was required, and during the crossing operation, one of the men fell into the river. McCants, in an effort to rescue the man, went after him and subsequently drowned. There is no further information on the first man. Two rifle companies made intensive ground searches and there were searches by helicopter along the stream, including the Rach An Binh and Naga Tu Kinh rivers, but all efforts failed to find McCants or his body. Villagers were questioned, but no further information was learned. Leland McCants 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. Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam. Since the war ended, over 6000 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?