STRALEY, JOHN LEROY
Name: John Leroy Straley
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: US Army Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company, US Army
Support Group, Vietnam
Date of Birth: 18 May 1939
Home City of Record: Beaver Falls PA
Date of Loss: 18 January 1964
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 095652N 1064925E (XR700836)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: Bryford G. Metoyer (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 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.
REMARKS: AC IN SEA - 3 RECVD - NOT SUBJ - J
SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. Bryford Metoyer was the pilot and PFC John L. Straley was the
co-pilot of a UH1B helicopter flying a tactical operation over South
Vietnam. The helicopter made a pass into some enemy positions, then
experienced a tail rotor failure and crashed over water. The operation was
being conducted along the shoreline of the South China Sea in the Kien Hua
Three of the crew were rescued or recovered, and a search for Metoyer and
Straley was conducted for about 10 days with no results.
Metoyer and Straley are listed among the missing because their remains were
never found to send home to the country they served. For their families, the
case seems clear that they died on that day. The fact that they have no body
to bury with honor is not of great significance.
For other who are missing, however, the evidence leads not to death, but to
survival. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports received relating to
Americans still held captive in Indochina have convinced experts that
hundreds of men are still alive, waiting for their country to rescue them.
The notion that Americans are dying without hope in the hands of a long-ago
enemy belies the idea that we left Vietnam with honor. It also signals that
tens of thousands of lost lives were a frivolous waste of our best men.