Name: Timothy Samuel Owen
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Company D, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of Birth: 25 December 1946 (Mobile AL)
Home City of Record: Rochester NY
Date of Loss: 29 June 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 135615N 1082630E (BR238418)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1219
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

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.


SYNOPSIS: PFC Timothy S. Owen was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion,
503rd Infantry in Vietnam. On June 29, 1968, his unit was conducting a night
ambush about 25 miles east-southeast of Pleiku in Binh Dinh Province, South

At about 2400 hours, Owen left the ambush position, and it was believed that
he fell into a stream, became disoriented and moved away from the squad's
position. Search efforts were begun within fifteen minutes and continued for
four days. A combat tracker team (tracker dogs and handlers) and helicopters
assisted in the search. Patrols in the area continued to search as late as
July 6, but no trace of Timothy Owen was ever found.

Timothy Owen was declared Missing in Action because no evidence was ever
found that he was dead. His disappearance remains a mystery, as he did not
return in 1973 with 591 Americans who were released from various POW camps
in Vietnam at the time.

Over 10,000 reports relating to Americans prisoner, missing and unaccounted
for in Southesat Asia have been received by the U.S. Government since 1975.
A Pentagon panel concluded in 1986 that there were at least 100 men still
alive. Timothy Owen could be one of these men. How much longer must they
wait for this country to bring them home?





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Private First Class Timothy Samuel Owen entered the U.S. Army from New York and served with Company C, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. On June 28, 1968, his unit conducted a night ambush mission in the vicinity of (GC) BR 238 418 in Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam. Around midnight, PFC Owen left the ambush position for unknown reasons; it was believed that after falling into a stream, he became disoriented and moved away from his unit's position while trying to find his way back. Search efforts were started within fifteen minutes and continued for the next four days with the aid of tracker dogs and helicopters, but PFC Owen could not be found. Periodic patrols in the area were conducted after this search effort but also failed to locate PFC Owen. He remains unaccounted for. Following the incident, the Army promoted PFC Owen to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Today, Staff Sergeant Owen is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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