Name: James F. Worth
Rank/Branch: USMC, E4
Unit: SU1, 1 Anglico
Date of Birth: 11 December 51
Home City of Record: Hillside, MD
Date of Loss: 01 April 72
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 165652N 1060919E
Status (in 1973): Missing
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

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Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the
following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee
on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate
Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases
that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about
each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost,
and detail the information learned since the date of loss.  Information in
the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not
include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential
facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know
their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized
here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these
summaries." 2020

On April 1, 1972, Corporal Worth was the naval member of a gunfire
liaison team in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province.  This
incident coincided with the launching of the Spring 1972 offensive
by the Vietnam People's Army.

Corporal Worth's team was hit by a heavy ground attack and was
forced to withdraw.  At that point, Corporal Worth was determined
to be missing.  On the afternoon of April 2nd, Corporal Worth came
up on his radio with a message that he was on his way overland to
Dong Ha.  He never arrived.

Corporal Worth was initially declared missing and, in December
1976, was declared dead/body not recovered.  He was never reported
alive in the Vietnamese prison system.





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Corporal James Frederick Worth, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Maryland, served with Combined Action Platoon 1, Combined Action Company E, Combined Action Group 2, 111th Marine Amphibious Force. On April 1, 1972, Corporal Worth was member of a five-man artillery spotter team which was directed to evacuate an outpost in the vicinity of (GC) YD 215 742, near Gio Linh in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. As the team prepared to board a helicopter for evacuation, enemy artillery rounds and small arms fire hit a bunker where Cpl Worth and a Marine lieutenant were standing, killing the lieutenant. The three other members of the team recovered the lieutenant's body but were unable to locate Cpl Worth, who had disappeared. They began searching for him, but were forced to leave when the evacuation helicopter began taking enemy fire. After the helicopter took off, Cpl Worth radioed that he was on his way to Dong Ha to join up with another group of Marine advisors. Corporal Worth was not heard from again, and his remains were never recovered. After the incident, the Marine Corps promoted Cpl Worth to the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSgt). Today, Staff Sergeant Worth is memorialized on then Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.   

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