PARKER, DAVID WAYNE Name: David Wayne Parker Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Company E, 20th Infantry, 173rd Support Battalion Date of Birth: 02 December 1947 (DeKalb County GA) Home City of Record: Stone Mountain GA Date of Loss: 06 February 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 125758N 1092451E (CQ280338) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Air mattress Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Refno: 1371 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: SYNOPSIS: Cpl. David W. Parker was off duty on February 6, 1969, and went swimming at a beach in Phu Yen Province, South Vietnam. A wave washed Parker from his air mattress, and then another wave and subsequent undertow took swept him under, and he was not seen again. Extensive searches from land and sea were conducted over a wide area, without success. Although some Defense Department records indicate that Parker was aboard a boat when he was lost, the U.S. Army has confirmed that there was no boat involved in the loss of Parker. David W. Parker is listed among the missing in Southeast Asia because no body was ever found to return home. His family can be as sure as it is possible to be without the confirmation of remains that he is dead. For many of the others who are missing, however, simple answers are not possible. Some were known to be prisoners, but simply were not released at the end of the war. Others were alive and in radio contact with would-be rescuers. Still others simply disappeared without a trace. As reports mount that many Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia, it becomes more and more evident that the Vietnam war had not ended for perhaps hundreds of American military and civilian personnel and their families. There can be no honorable end to the war until these men are returned home.