STRINGER, JOHN CURTIS II
Name: John Curtis Stringer II
Rank/Branch: O2/US Army
Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry
Date of Birth: 12 January 1946 (Ashland KY)
Home City of Record: Hazard KY
Date of Loss: 30 November 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164118N 1065923E (YD121460)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
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 2020.
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. John C. Stringer II was a platoon leader in B Company, 1st
Battalion, 11th Infantry. His unit was operating about 15 miles east
northeast of Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
On November 30, 1970, as platoon leader, Stringer was preparing to conduct a
hasty stream crossing when he lost his grip and fell into the stream. He was
swept downstream and at one point, came close to the northern bank and
momentarily held on to a branch. The branch broke as rescuers neared his
position, and he continued on downstream. Searches on both banks of the
stream were made by elements of the company without results.
Although searches were continued for nearly 3 weeks, no sign of 1Lt.
Stringer was ever found. Stringer's is one of the unfortunate accidental
deaths that occur wherever people are. The fact that he died an accidental
death in the midst of war is tragically ironic. He is listed among the
missing with honor, because his body was never found to be returned to the
country he served.
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. 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?