Name: James Clellon Story
Rank/Branch: E2/US Army
Unit: 5th Transportation Company, 54th Transportation Battalion, 8th
Transportation Group
Date of Birth: 24 January 1948 (Birmingham AL)
Home City of Record: Berwyn IL
Date of Loss: 13 June 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 135957N 1082657E (BR245490)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Truck
Refno: 1453

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: On June 13, 1969, Pvt. James C. Story was the driver of a two and
one-half ton truck carrying artillery projectiles in a convoy that was
ambushed in the Pleiku area of South Vietnam. Other members of the convoy
saw his truck completely disintegrate when the load he was carrying had a
sympathetic detonation when hit by rocket or mortar fire.

A search party located only pieces of the wreckage, but they could find
nothing that resembled human remains. It is assumed that Story disintegrated
in the massive explosion.

Pvt. James C. Story was classified as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
His name is listed with honor among the missing because his remains were
never found. There is little hope that Pvt. James C. Story could have
survived. For some of their comrades, however, there is ample reason for
hope. Mounting evidence indicates that hundreds of Americans were abandoned
as prisoners of war at the end of the war and remain in captivity today. For
the honor of those who died in Southeast Asia as well as the honor of our
country itself, those live Americans must be brought home.




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Private James Clellon Story entered the U.S. Army from Illinois and was a member of the 512th Transportation Company, 54th Transportation Battalion, 1st Logistical Command. On June 13, 1969, he was driving a truck loaded with artillery projectiles when his convoy was ambushed in an area of South Vietnam. Others in the convoy witnessed PVT Story's truck get hit by an enemy rocket or mortar fire round and then explode; however, Private Story could not be located following the incident, and searches for his remains were unsuccessful. Today, Private Story 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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