RUSHTON, THOMAS Name: Thomas Rushton Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: PAE (Pacific Architects & Engineers) U. S. Govt Contractor Date of Birth: 10 October 1934 Home City of Record: Santa Maria, CA Date of Loss: 01 February 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162734N 1073551E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Other personnel in incident: Adkins, Clodian, CIV (Released); Cayer, Marc, Canadian CIV (Released); Balagot, Arturo, Philippine CIV(Released); Badua, Candido, Philippine CIV (Released) Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 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. Updated with information provided by Tom Rushton, 1998. REMARKS: 730327 Released by PRG -- Final group SYNOPSIS: Rushton was working in the Hue City, 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 Rushton and 11 others were captured soon afterward. Ten of those were civilians working with the Vietnamese. Thomas Rushton was held captive for 5 1/2 years prior to his release from the Hanoi Hilton on March 27, 1973. He now resides in Massachusetts.