SWITZER, JERROLD ALLEN Name: Jerrold Allen Switzer Rank/Branch: E2/US Marine Corps Unit: 1st CAG, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force Date of Birth: 31 October 1946 Home City of Record: Paris IL Date of Loss: 18 March 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 152302N 1084649E (BT618019) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Air mattress Refno: 1094 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) 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. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On March 18, 1968, PFC Jerrold A. Switzer tried to save the lives of Vietnamese children who were being swept out to sea, and was himself drowned. He was in South Vietnam, in the Quang Ngai River in the province of the same name. Whether the children were saved is not noted in public record. Switzer'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. His family, though grieved to lose him, is undoubtly very proud of him. 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?