Name: Roger Dale Partington
Rank/Branch: O3/US Marine Corps
Unit: HMH 361, MAG 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Date of Birth: 12 December 1940
Home City of Record: Sparta IL
Date of Loss: 01 November 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 160117N 1082011E (BT144755)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH53A
Refno: 1508
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

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.


SYNOPSIS: On November 1, 1969, Capt. Robert D. Partington was a crewmember
aboard a CH53A helicopter which went down at sea just southeast of the
military installation near Marble Mountain at Da Nang, South Vietnam. The
helicopter was not hit by enemy fire, but suffered some other problem which
caused it to explode and burn. Capt. Partington is the only man not
recovered from the aircraft.

Following searches for Capt. Partington, a review board determined that he
was dead, and it was unlikely that his remains would ever be recovered. He
is listed among the missing because no body was ever returned home for
burial. Partington's family can be as certain as it is possible to be that
he is dead.

For most of the other missing, however, simple resolution is not possible.
Many of the missing were known to be alive the last they were seen. Some
were held in prison camps with others Americans, only to disappear from the
camp system. Still others were heard on radio or photographed in captivity.
Others simply disappeared without a trace.

Since American involvement in the Vietnam war ended, the U.S. Government has
reviewed "several million documents" and conducted "over 250,000 interviews"
relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities who have
had access to this classified information are convinced that hundreds of
Americans remain alive in the hands of our old enemies.

Partington, evidently is not among those said to still be alive. However,
one can imagine that he would gladly fly one more mission to help his
comrades to safety.