STROVEN, WILLIAM HARRY Name: William Harry Stroven Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: 11th Tactical Recon Squadron, Udorn Airfield, Thailand Date of Birth: 15 July 1942 Home City of Record: Fremont MI Date of Loss: 28 October 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 172500N 1062700E (XE540261) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C Refno: 1312 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: Kenneth A. Stonebraker (missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Capt. William Stroven was the pilot and Capt. Kenneth Stonebraker the navigator aboard an RF4C Phantom jet assigned a photo-reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam on October 28, 1968. The aircraft departed its base at Udorn Airfield, Thailand for its target, which included an ammunition supply dump near Hanoi. As the aircraft was over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, it was lost from radar. No trace was ever found of the aircraft of its crew. The last known location was over 200 miles from the intended target, and about 15 miles west of the city of Dong Hoi. Stroven and Stonebraker were declared Missing in Action, and public record reveals very little more about their fates. The U.S. Government determined that there is a good chance that the Vietnamese know the fate of Stroven, but are uncertain whether Stonebraker's fate is known. Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam. Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports concerning Americans still alive in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities are completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are now held captive. One set of critics say that the U.S. has done little to address the issue of live POWs, preferring the politically safer issue of remains return. Others place the blame on the Vietnamese, for using the issue of POW/MIA to their political advantage. Regardless of blame, no living American has returned through the efforts of negotiations between the countries, and the reports continue to pour in. Are Kenneth Stonebraker and William Stroven alive somewhere in Southeast Asia wondering when their country will bring them home? Are we doing enough to bring these men home?