Name: Ronald Paul Schworer
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: Company C, 4th Battery, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 06 July 1946 (Boise ID)
Home City of Record: Los Vegas NV
Date of Loss: 09 April 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 103133N 105504E (XS004636)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 0640
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 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 2020.


SYNOPSIS: SP4 Ronald P. Schworer was a member of Company C, 4th Battery,
47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. He and his unit were on a search and
destroy mission in Kien Phong Province, South Vietnam on April 9, 1967.
Their location was near the tri-border area of Kien Tuong, Kien Phong and
Dinh Tuong Provinces.

As the unit was crossing a river, friendly helicopters accidentally fired
upon their position, and Schworer apparently fell into the river and
drowned. A search of the area was conducted, but no trace of him was ever
found. Searches continued for an extended period of time, but Schworer was
never located.

For Ronald P. Schworer, death seems a certainty. For hundreds of others,
however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of nearly
10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the
certain knowledge that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war
were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be
prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers
when last seen alive. Many were known to have survived their loss incidents,
only to disappear without a trace.

The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of
those who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in
the general public who realize the full implication of leaving men
unaccounted for at the end of a war.

Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still
alive in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of
us? What will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to
bring these men home from Southeast Asia?




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Specialist 4 (SP4) Ronald Paul Schworer entered the U.S. Army from Nevada and served in Company C, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On April 9, 1967, he was participating in a river crossing with his platoon during a search and destroy mission in South Vietnam. The crossing was being made using air mattresses and a single rope bridge near grid coordinates YS 004 636. When SP4 Schworer was roughly twenty-five feet from shore and pulling himself along the rope, three American helicopters appeared coming towards the platoon, and one of the aircraft mistakenly opened fire. Specialist 4 Schworer was seen to immediately dive under water, but he never appeared again. No blood was seen in the water, but SP4 Schworer could not be located as the platoon searched up and down the stream. Further attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. Today, Specialist 4 Schworer is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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