Name: John R. Tavares
Branch/Rank: CIVILIAN
Date of Birth: 26 June 1924
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 18 June 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 160426 North  1081213 East
Status (in 1973): Missing
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0100

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020

REMARKS: Last seen in a bar in Da Nang


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                        SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE

NAME: Tavares, John, civilian., merchant seaman



RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: An investigation by military and civilian
authorities did not reveal any information that Mr. Tavares disappearance
was a result of foul play or had resulted in his death.

REFNO: 0100 20 Apr 76


1. On l8 June 1965 Mr. Tavares was a merchant seaman from the SS AUDRY J.
LUCHENBACK, a civilian freighter anchored in the Da Nang port. Mr. was last
seen on that evening at the Pacific Bar Bach Dang Street, Da Nang, South
Vietnam. An investigation by. military and civilian authorities failed to
find any information about Mr. Tavares disappearance, and enemy action was
not considered to be involved in this incident. The only suggestion that
there might have been foul play is the statement of the Master of the SS
AUDRY J. LUCHENBACK who reported that, believed that he can lick anybody
and could well be in the river at this point!" The location of the Pacific
Bar is within one Kilometer of grid coordinates BT 030 790. (Ref 1 & 2)

2. An ADO visit in September 1974 determined that most personnel employed
by the Pacific Bar/Hotel were hired after the June 1965 incident date. No
personnel had any knowledge or leads that would aid in the resolution of
this case. The Two-Party Joint Military Commission were given details of
the case, but no response was forthcoming. Mr.Tavares is currently carried
in the status of Missing.


1. MEMO (U), State Department, 7 Jul 65.

2. MEMO (U), AMEMB., 28 Jun 67.

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Mr. John R. Tavares of Hawaii was a U.S. Merchant Seaman assigned to the SS Audry J. Luckenback, which in June 1965 was anchored at the port in Da Nang, South Vietnam. On the evening of June 18, Mr. Tavares went missing for unknown reasons. He was seen at the Pacific Bar on Bach Dang Street in Da Nang. An investigation by military and civilian authorities failed to locate any information concerning his disappearance, though enemy action was not considered a factor in his loss.

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