THOMAS, JAMES CALVEN Name: James Calven Thomas Rank/Branch: Staff Sergeant/USMC Unit: Date of Birth: 27 October 1947 Home City of Record: Safford AZ Loss Date: 03 April 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 155400N 1081000E Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1115 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. Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) SYNOPSIS: The fate of James C. Thomas has always been a mystery. He was on a 45 man patrol when his fellow Marines discovered he was missing. The patrol had stopped to rest before reaching their destination. As they rested, they noted two Vietnamese boys along the road, begging. The patrol moved on, and when they reached their destination, a head count showed Thomas missing. Returning to the spot where they had rested, Thomas' helmet, pack and canteen were found, but Thomas was nowhere to be seen. No solid infomation has surfaced on him since. His last known location was in Quang Nam Province near An Hoa. When the last American troops left Southeast Asia in 1975, some 2500 Americans were unaccounted for. Reports received by the U.S. Government since that time build a strong case for belief that hundreds of these "unaccounted for" Americans are still alive and in captivity. "Unaccounted for" is a term that should apply to numbers, not men. We, as a nation owe these men our best effort to find them and bring them home. Until the fates of the men like Thomas are known, their families will wonder if they are dead or alive ... and why they were deserted.