TRIVELPIECE, STEVE MAURICE
Name: Steve Maurice Trivelpiece
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Company E, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 08 October 1948 (Modesto CA)
Home City of Record: Stockton CA
Date of Loss: 04 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 101628N 1062443E (XS575400)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
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 2020.
REMARKS: KIA - GUNFIRE/REMS LEFT BEHIND
SYNOPSIS: On April 4, 1968, PFC Steve M. Trivelpiece was a machine gunner
with the 3rd platoon, Company E, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, aboard a Navy
armored troop carrier. As the boat was making a landing in Hien Hoa
Province, South Vietnam, heavy automatic weapons fire was received. As
Trivelpiece was moving forward to set up his machine gun, he was struck in
the neck and wrist by gunfire and was killed.
Because of the confusion of the battle and the withdrawal of his unit from
the area. Trivelpiece's body was not recovered. On September 1, an aerial
search for his remains was conducted along the My Tho River from the
vicinity of the incident for some 35 kilometers, but nothing was found.
Witnesses believe that Steve Trivelpiece was killed on April 4, 1968. 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. Detractors 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.
Well over 1000 first-hand, eye-witness reports of American prisoners still
alive in Southeast Asia have been received by 1990. 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?