MONAHAN, ROBERT W. Name: Robert W. Monahan Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 27 May 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 103500N 1070000E (YS320610) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Jeep Refno: 0347 Other Personnel in Incident: Thomas R. Scales (released) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 June 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: 670101 RELEASED SYNOPSIS: Daniel L. Niehouse was an automobile salesman working for Ford Motor Company in Saigon. On November 26, 1966, he rented a jeep and left Saigon for a holiday in Da Lat, some 150 miles northeast of Saigon. Niehouse was headed northeast and had traveled about 10 miles northeast of Bien Hoa and was in Long Khanh Province, when he was apparently stopped and captured by revolutionary troops. Niehouse was held with two other Americans who had been captured 27 May 1966 several miles southeast of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province. Thomas R. Scales and Robert W. Monahan, U.S. civilians, had been traveling by jeep when they were stopped and captured by the Viet Cong. Niehouse, Scales and Monahan were apparently held in a temporary holding facility near the city of Hue. In 1969, a source revealed detailed information relating to this compound to U.S. intelligence officials, including names, duties and family members of camp personnel, hand-drawn maps of the compound, and many other details. The source, after viewing photo albums of American missing military personnel and civilians positively identified the photos of 22 Americans (including Niehouse) as being held at the facility. He selected as "possibly held" the photos of another 33 Americans and 2 women. The "possible" group included Robert Monahan. The report was considered credible enough for the U.S. to plan a BRIGHT LIGHT rescue mission. Yet, families of the men whose photographs were selected by the source were not notified of the report until after it became public in 1984. Scales and Monahan were inexplicably released by the Viet Cong on January 1, 1967, and they reported that Daniel Niehouse was alive and in good health at that time. In 1973, when 591 American prisoners were released by the Vietnamese, Daniel Niehouse was not among them. His name appeared on a list of Americans who had died in captivity. The Vietnamese stated that Niehouse died in captivity on April 12, 1967, yet they have never returned his remains. Since the end of the war, over 10,000 reports such as the one about the POW camp at Hue have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities, including a former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, believe that many Americans remain captive today, and that there exists ample intelligence to prove it. Others in government take a more conservative stand, saying they operate under the assumption that one or more Americans are being held, but that actionable evidence has not been obtained to warrant rescue attempts or a hard-line stand against the Vietnamese. In 1990, the USG trend is clearly moving towards normalization of relations with Vietnam. Many critics believe normalization should occur only when American POWs are released by Vietnam and the fullest possible accounting of MIAs is given. It seems inappropriate to reward a country with U.S. economic largess which continues to illegally hold Americans captive.