SIMPSON, JAMES EDWARD Name: James Edward Simpson Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: Decca Navigation Systems, Inc. Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 05 November 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 112151N 1085258E (BN690570) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 1 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Jeep Refno: 1318 Other Personnel in Incident: Thomas G. Cornthwaite (captured) 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 1998. REMARKS: ESCAPED; KILLED IN BINH THUAN SYNOPSIS: Thomas G. Cornthwaite, a British civilian, and James E. Simpson, a U.S. civilian, were both employees of Decca Navigation Systems, Inc. On November 5, 1968, as they were riding in a jeep on Highway 1 about 20 miles south-southwest of Phan Rang on the border of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan Provinces in South Vietnam, the two men were captured. According to a rallier who participated in the capture, Simpson and Cornthwaite were captured by elements of the tax collection unit. Both men reportedly made an escape attempt a few days later and were killed by personnel of an unidentified commo-liaison unit in Binh Thuan Province. Even though the two civilians were captives and killed by the Vietnamese, the Vietnamese have made no attempt to return their bodies to U.S. control. For over 20 years, dead or alive, these men have been prisoners of war. For Simpson and Cornthwaite, 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 when called to serve if we are unable to bring these men home from Southeast Asia? --------------------------------------------------- [naf0617.95 06/18/95] NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF FAMILIES FOR THE RETURN OF AMERICAS MISSING SERVICEMEN WORLD WAR II - KOREA - COLD WAR - VIETNAM FROM: DOLORES ALFOND - (206) 881-1499 BARB SWORSKI ---- (612) 378-1947 LYNN O'SHEA ----- (718) 846-4350 TO: ALL POW/MIA FAMILY MEMBERS JUNE 17, 1995 CIVILIAN JAMES SIMPSON AND BRITISH NATIONAL THOMAS CORNTHWAITE MAKE THE JULY 3RD LIST UNDER "CATEGORY D - PROBABLY CAPTURED." THE REPORT READS " SIMPSON & CORNTHWAITE LEFT QUI NOHN FOR SGN IN A JEEP AND WERE CAPTURED DURING AN AMBUSH. RALLIERS REPORTED CORNTHWAITE ALLEGEDLY WAS KILLED DURING ESCAPE ATTEMPT. RETURNEES REPORTED HEARING CORNTHWAITE'S NAME ON HANOI RADIO IN LATE 1971. CORNTHWAITE'S NAME WAS FOUND ON THE WALL AND A SCRAP OF PAPER AT THE CITADEL IN JAN 73. OK VIETNAM, WHERE ARE THEY?