21 April 2005 RIP

Name: Donald J. Rander
Rank/Branch: E9/United States Army
Unit: 525th MI GP
Date of Birth: 04 July 1938
Home City of Record: Bronx NY
Date of Loss: 01 February 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162734N 1073551E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Other Personnel in Incident: Gostas, Theodore USA (released); Henderson,
Alexander CIV (released); Meyer, Lewis CIV (released); Olsen, Robert CIV
(Released); Page, Russell CIV (Released); Daves, Lawrence CIV (Released);
Rushton, Thomas CIV (Released); Spalding, Richard CIV (Released); Stark,
Lawrence CIV attached to USN (Released); Willis, Charles CIV (Released).

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 15 February 1997 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources and information
provided by Ret. Major Gostas and Lawrence Stark. 2023

REMARKS: 730327 Released by PRG


Rander was working in the northern part of South Vietnam during TET '68 when
Hue came under seige. Ret. Major Ted Gostas (135th MIBN PROV) recalls being
trapped without his radio in the city, and being unable to warn hundreds of
5th Marines as they walked into an ambush and their death. Government
records indicate Rander and 11 others were captured soon afterward. Ten of
those were civilians working with the Vietnamese.

Donald Rander was held captive for 4 1/2 years prior to his release on March
27, 1973.


Donald Rander retired from the United States Army in 1983 as a CW3. He and
his wife Demetra resided in Florida until his death April 21, 2005. They
moved to FL in January 2004 after his November 2003 retirement from civilian
service in MI.

His daughter reported that he is finally at peace. The family is planning an
interment in Arlington, time to be determined. His first wife, of 29 years,
Andrea Rander was married to him during Operation Homecoming. She resides in
Bethesda, MD. Rander is also survived by 2 daughters, 1 son, 2 stepdaughters
and 20 grandchildren.



Donald J. Rander Dies; Was POW in Vietnam for 5 Years

By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 1, 2005; Page C09

Donald J. Rander, 66, who spent five years and two months in a North
Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp and then made a career in Army
counterintelligence work, died of complications of lung cancer April 21 at
Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla......

Staff researcher Karl Evanzz contributed to this report.


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