RIGGINS, ROBERT PAUL Name: Robert Paul Riggins Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Da Nang Airbase, South Vietnam Date of Birth: 19 January 1931 Home City of Record: Champaign IL Date of Loss: 22 April 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 161912N 1072447E (YD585055) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Refno: 1140 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. Other Personnel in Incident: William Chomyk (missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On April 22, 1968, Capt. William Chomyk, pilot, and Maj. Robert P. Riggins, bombadier/navigator, departed Da Nang Airbase in South Vietnam aboard an F4D Phantom fighter/bomber jet as the lead aircraft in a flight of two on a scramble mission over Thua Thien Province near the city of Hue. As Chomyk's aircraft made a pass over the target, it pulled off, and suddenly crashed. At that time, the fates of Chomyk and Riggins were unknown. Then, on May 7, unspecified evidence was received by the U.S. Air Force which led to their declaring the crew of the Phantom Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. As far as the Air Force is concerned, Chomyk and Riggins are dead. It is not so easy to dismiss the cases of others who are missing. 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. Distractors 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. Over 1000 eye-witness reports of living American prisoners were received by 1989. 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?