Name: David Bush
Rank/Branch: Specialist/US Army
Date of Loss: March 1991
Country of Loss:
Status: Returned to Unit alive
Other Personnel in Incident: unknown
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 11 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews. UPDATED POW NETWORK 2002.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: During the weeks of the Persian Gulf War, several dozen American
and Coalition military personnel were captured by the Iraqis or declared
Missing in Action. Information was scarce and hard to find relating to these
individuals. In most cases, those who were missing were at least identified
by name, age and branch of service.
In early March, 21 Americans were released by the Iraqis. Nine of these were
acknowledged to be POWs by the U.S. Government prior to their release. At
least one had been declared Killed in Action. Two were reported missing in
non-hostile environments. Some were a complete surprise to everyone,
including the U.S. Government.
Also without fanfare, during the first week in March several names were
added to the missing lists on whom no apparent information was available.
The list contained:
SSgt. David R. Ames, 30, Schuyler, New York
SSgt. Michael R. Allen, 32, West Point, Mississippi
CWO Michael F. Anderson, 36, Frankfort, Indiana
Spec. David Bush, 21
Sgt. Christopher J. Chapman, 25, Charlotte, North Carolina
Maj. Rhonda L. Cornum, 36
Pvt. Troy A. Dunlap, 20
SSgt. Crystal L. Rickett, 31
SSgt. Daniel J. Stamaris, 31
As it happened, Cornum and Dunlap were released by the Iraqis on March 6.
The public had not previously known they were missing. The two were on a
helicopter sent near Basra to rescue a downed pilot, William Andrews, who
was also captured and released.
Five individuals were reported killed on the helicopter on which Cornum and
Dunlap were passengers. It is not known if any of the other missing were
also on board the aircraft. No further information was immediately available
on these individuals.
Later information indicated that Bush and Rickett had returned to their
units, apparently having been detached from it for an indeterminate period.
They were removed from lists of those thought to be missing.
Bush was listed as a confirmed Prisoner of War, released.