POSEY, GEORGE RAY Name: George Ray Posey Rank/Branch: E3/US Navy Unit: U.S. Navy Support Activity, Da Nang Date of Birth: 27 July 1948 (Fairfield IL) Home City of Record: Anderson IN Date of Loss: 05 September 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 161026N 1081427E (BT050900) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: YTB 779 Refno: 1271 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. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: WASHED OVERBOARD SYNOPSIS: Engineman/Fireman George R. Posey was assigned to U.S. Naval Activity at Da Nang, South Vietnam. On September 6, 1968 he was a crewmember of Yard Tugboat #779, sent to assist a Philippine tugboat which was in distress in the South China Sea. As Tugboat 779 was returning to the entrance of Da Nang Harbor, Engineman Posey was washed overboard by a large wave. The nearest land at the time was three miles away. The tugboat commenced an immediate search and sighted Posey in his life jacket alive and riding high in the water. Due to heavy seas, winds and limited visibility caused by heavy rains, the crew was unsuccessful in their attempts to recover Posey. The search continued for two hours, but because of the increasing intensity of the typhoon and the imminent possibility of more crewmembers being washed overboard, the search was terminated. The search was again commenced during the early evening of September 6th and continued until the 9th without ever finding Posey again. George R. Posey was initially classified Missing in Action, but his status was later changed to Determined Dead/Body Not Recovered on October 15, 1968. Witnesses believe that George Posey drowned. Others who are missing do not have such clear-cut cases. Some were known captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards. Some were in radio contact with search teams, while others simply disappeared. Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Detractors say it would be far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains. Well over 1000 first-hand, eye-witness reports of American prisoners still alive in Southeast Asia have been received by 1990. Most of them are still classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?