TAVARES, JOHN R.
Name: John R. Tavares
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
Other Personnel in Incident:
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
SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE
NAME: Tavares, John, civilian., merchant seaman
OFFICIAL STATUS: MISSING
CASE SUMMARY: SEE ATTACHED
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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