TUBBS, GLENN ERNEST Name: Glenn Ernest Tubbs Rank/Branch: E5/US Army Special Forces Unit: CCS/MACV-SOG, 5th Special Forces Group Date of Birth: 24 January 1940 (Sulphur Springs TX) Home City of Record: Amarillo TX Date of Loss: 13 January 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 135119N 1972833E (YA675330) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1550 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) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On January 13, 1970, Sgt. Glenn Tubbs was a rifleman on a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) along the Cambodian/South Vietnam border. His patrol was attempting to cross a stream by means of a safety line. Sgt. Tubbs was at the time wearing shorts, jungle boots, and had a CAR 15 rifle slung over his shoulder. (The CAR15 is a version of the M16 rifle, only with a flexible wire stock that can be moved into different configurations.) When Tubbs was in the middle of the stream, it appeared that he was having problems keeping his shorts up. He lost his grip on the safety line and was swept away by the current. He was seen to go under water 5 times, and each time he reappeared. He seemed to be attempting to swim against the strong current instead of with it. Witnesses watched helplessly, indecisive about getting close enough to Tubbs to rescue him. His difficulty downstream was that he was being attacked by alligators. The team members located hundreds of the creatures downstream as they searched for anything left of Glenn Tubbs. To further complicate search efforts, helicopters received enemy fire as they searched the stream and adjoining area. Tubbs experienced a grisly demise - one that we would prefer not to think about. It is an accident that could have happened in many parts of the U.S., but Tubbs was involved in a war in a foreign country. The fact that he died an accidental death in the midst of war is tragically ironic. He is listed among the missing with honor, because his body was never found to be returned to the country he served. Others who are missing do not have such clear cut cases. Some were known captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards. Some were in radio contact with search teams, while others simply disappeared. Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Distractors say it would be far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains. Over 1000 eye-witness reports of living American prisoners were received by 1989. Most of them are still classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home? ------------------------------------ [bit1207.96 12/08/96] DOLORES ALFOND - VOICE/FAX 206-881-1499 LYNN O'SHEA ---- VOICE/FAX 718-846-4350 E-MAIL --------- PGGK94A@PRODIGY.COM WEB SITE -------http://www.nationalalliance.org BITS 'N' PIECES DECEMBER 7, 1996 LOOKING FOR - The National Alliance of Families is looking for the family of Sgt. Glen E. Tubbs. Sgt. Tubbs was lost January 13, 1970. His home city of record is Amrillio, Texas. If you know the whereabouts of the Tubbs family, please contact the National Alliance of Families at 718-846-4350. It is very important that we contact the Tubbs family.