ZOOK, DAVID HARTZLER JR. Remains ID announced 09/30/2008 Name: David Hartzler Zook, Jr. Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 22 January 1930 Home City of Record: West Liberty OH Date of Loss: 04 October 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 111000N 1063000E (XT635350) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: U10B 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. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: In 1962, when American involvement in Southeast Asia was little known to many Americans, Capt. David H. Zook, Jr. was at the U.S. Air Force Academy serving as assistant professor of history. Zook was in the military despite his pacifist Amish background. He had "left the flock." In 1967, Zook found himself in Vietnam, now advanced to the rank of Major. On October 4 of that year, Zook was given a mission in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam, flying a U10B aircraft. When Zook's aircraft was about 5 miles west of Ben Cat, it crashed, and Zook was declared Missing in Action. It is felt that the Vietnamese could account for him. He is among some 3,000 who remained prisoner, missing or unaccounted for at the end of the war. In the early 1980's a Vietnamese defector stated in Congressional testimony that Vietnam stockpiles hundreds of sets of American remains. Congress believed him. He also testified that he had personally seen live American prisoners, held long after the war was over and all Americans had supposedly been released. Congress ignores this testimony, although over 10,000 reports relating to Americans prisoner, missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia seem to substantiate what he was saying. The U.S. and Vietnamese "progress" at a snail's pace, while seemingly ignoring the tremendous weight of evidence that their priority should be those Americans still alive as captives. Meanwhile, thousands of lives are spent in the most tortured state imaginable - unable to grieve, unable to rejoice. They wait. David H. Zook, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the time he was maintained missing. [cd0104.98 02/08/98] The Columbus Dispatch Sunday, January 4, 1998 LOVED ONES STILL SEEK ANSWERS FAMILIES OF MIAS QUESTION GOVERNMENT'S RESOLVE ON ISSUE Ann Fisher Dispatch Staff Reporter A new year of hope and labor to learn the whereabouts of her father awaits Mitch McGouldrick Guess. Nearly 30 years ago, Air Force Col. Francis McGouldrick Jr. was lost in a midair collision over Laos during the Vietnam War. A few years later, Guess, then 12, bought her first MIA bracelet and began in earnest a search that has spanned the balance of her life...... =====================================
|IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 823-08
September 30, 2008
Pilot Missing In Action From The Vietnam War Is Identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Col. David H. Zook, Jr., U.S. Air Force, of West Liberty, Ohio. He will be buried Oct. 4 in West Liberty.
On Oct. 4, 1967, Zook was on a psychological warfare operation over Song Be Province, South Vietnam, when his U-10B Super Courier aircraft collided in mid-air with a C-7A Caribou. The C-7 pilot said he saw the other aircraft hit the ground and explode. Several search and rescue attempts failed to locate Zook's remains.
In 1992, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), investigated the incident in Song Be Province. The team interviewed Vietnamese citizens who witnessed the crash and saw remains amid the wreckage. The team surveyed the site and found evidence consistent with Zook's crash. While later examining the evidence recovered from the site, a small fragment of bone was found.
In 1993, another joint team excavated the crash site and recovered a bone fragment and non-biological material including small pieces of military clothing. In March 2008, a final excavation was conducted and more human remains were recovered.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial
evidence, scientists from JPAC and also used dental comparisons in the
identification of Zook's remains.