WALLACE, ARNOLD BRIAN Name: Arnold Brian Wallace Rank/Branch: E2/US Army Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 02 April 1945 Home City of Record: San Leandro CA Date of Loss: 25 January 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: (none) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat Refno: 0583 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: PVT Arnold B. Wallace was onboard the U.S. naval ship General John Pope en route to Vietnam on January 25, 1967. During the evening of that day, Wallace had a confrontation in the mess hall with the mess sergeant, and was escorted by two MPs to the armory of the ship for questioning. Wallace was questioned by his commanding officer about his behavior and given a medical examination by the battalion surgeon, whose report stated Wallace was a probable psychopath. Because of his uncooperative attitude, it was decided to place Wallace in confinement until a more thorough investigation could be made. As he was being escorted to the ship's brig, he bolted toward the railing of the ship. By the time the escorts reached the railing, Wallace had already jumped overboard. He was seen to hit the water on his back. MPs immediately called a "man overboard" and a light marker and two life preservers were thrown into the water. An emergency boat was manned and lowered, and their search was conducted for 19 hours over a 64-square-mile area, but all searches were negative. It seems unlikely that PVT Wallace could have gone through examinations and training preparatory to being shipped to Vietnam without someone having noticed that he was "psychotic." Unfortunately, Wallace, as far as the Army is concerned, died not a hero's death, but a quasi-criminal one. It is the final mark in Wallace's life. He never really had a chance to prove himself at all.