Name: Arthur Wright Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Battery A, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, I FFV Artillery Date of Birth: 17 February 1936 (Jackson MI) Home City of Record: Lansing MI Loss Date: 21 February 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 164801N 1070546E (YD233585) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0599
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 2013.
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
SYNOPSIS: SP4 Arthur Wright was a member of Battery A, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery. On February 21, 1967, a few days after his 41st birthday, Wright was manning a listening post near Dai An Gate of the Marine combat base, Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Manning the post with Wright were Pvt. Rypkemo and Pvt. Jackson.
At about 2200 hours SP4 Wright told his companions that he was going out to check the perimeter wire, and that if he was not back by 2400 hours to report him to the A Battery orderly room. Wright them departed his post and proceded to the track position #4 manned by a crew from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 44th artillery. He told the crew he was going out to check the perimeter wire, and not to shoot.
At 2230 hours, both the listening post and the track crew observed a trip flare go off and saw SP4 Wright going through the perimeter wire in the vicinity carrying his M14 rifle and a cartridge belt with about 9 cartridge magazines. SP4 Wright never returned.
A search of the perimeter was conducted the following day without success.
On February 22, Corporal Anderson, a member of SP4 Wright's unit was interviewed and stated that SP4 Wright told him on the day of February 21 that if he (Wright) was not there the following day, Anderson could have all his belongings.
Arthur, who "had a smile for everyone" disappeared on February 17, 1967. No further word has surfaced about Arthur Wright.
Wright was not among the prisoners of war that were released in 1973 by the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese deny any knowledge of him, though circumstances surrounding their incident indicate the strong probability that enemy forces knew his fate.
Alarmingly, evidence continues to mount that Americans were left as prisoners in Southeast Asia and continue to be held today. Unlike "MIAs" from other wars, most of the nearly 2500 men and women who remain missing in Southeast Asia can be accounted for. If even one was left alive (and many authorities estimate the numbers to be in the hundreds), we have failed as a nation until and unless we do everything possible to secure his freedom and bring him home.