The "71 List"

 
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Appendix C to Task Force Russia Biweekly Report for 9 October 1992
Subject: List of 71

[KWE Note: This list was supplied to the Korean War Educator by John Zimmerlee, who works tirelessly to unearth data about missing Korean War veterans.]

 

1. In May 1992 the Russians provided a list of 71 names (TFR-16, 24-34).  The list is entitled "List of U.S. Air Force Crew Members Participating in Combat Operations in North Korea in 1950-53, and About Whom Information Has Been Found in Documents of the 64th Fighter Aviation Corps". 

2. The following actions were taken to refine the list:

a. The TFR-3 document was translated by OSIA;

b. The translated document was forwarded by DASD (IS-POW/MIA) to the USAF Casualty and Memorial Affairs Office (Missing Persons Branch) where most of the names were correctly identified by Ms. Jeanne Lafontaine.  Further coordination by TFR with Ms. Lefantaine led to the identification of more names, including three that were USMC.

c. On 24 September 1992 the Russians provided a list of 59 names which had many of the same names as the List of 71.  Rand Corporation's analysis of this second list revealed the identifies of several more names.  Forty-three names appeared on both lists.  Most of the 43 names were listed in the same order with the same information on both lists.

d. Using all this information, the attached Corrected List of 59 with the correctly identified and spelled names was created.

3. The analysis revealed that one name (No. 18) had been duplicated and that one name was that of an Australian (Pinstone - No. 46).  Therefore the List of 71 actually contains 69 names.

a. One name (Wilkins - No. 6) is listed as USMC but has not been identified.

b. Four names are listed without service affiliation and have not been identified (spellings are uncertain):

  1. No. 36 - MacKenzie
     
  2. No. 57 - Frank
     
  3. No. 69 - Obney
     
  4. No. 71 - Hark

c. Of the remaining 64 names, 61 are USAF personnel and three are USMC personnel.  Fifty-six of these personnel were returned alive to military control (RMC) after the end of hostilities as determined by the USAF Casualty Office.  The remains of Howard P. Miller, Jr. were returned to military control as well.  The Australian was also returned alive.

d. Seven identified names were not returned to military control and were later declared dead, most of them after the end of hostilities when a presumptive finding of death was made "when evidence considered sufficient to establish the fact of death was received by the Secretary of the Air Force.  They are listed below:

  1. No. 32 - Hart, Alvin D., Jr., Airman 1/C, USAF
     
  2. No. 33 - Weese, Henry D., 1LT, USAF
     
  3. No. 34 - Van Voorhis, Paul E., 1LT, USAF
     
  4. No. 51 - Johnson, Johnny M., SGT, USAF
     
  5. No. 56 - McDonough, Charles E., CPT, USAF
     
  6. No. 66 - Bergman, Louis H., SGT, USAF
     
  7. No. 67 - Unruh, Halbert Caloway, Aviator, USAF

The Corrected List of 71

[KWE Note: This list was supplied to the Korean War Educator by John Zimmerlee, who works tirelessly to unearth data about missing Korean War veterans.]
Correct Name Except Where "?"* Capture or Death Date Status List Name is On
1.   Stahl, Charles Eugene, 2LT (1LT), USAF 7 Jan 52 RMC 71/59
2.   Kubicek, Harold Bretislav, CPT, USAF 4 Jul 52 RMC 71/59
3.   Maultsby, Charles Wayne, 2LT (1LT), USAF 5 Jan 52 RMC 71/59
4.   Eyres, Thomas Liewellyn, 1LT (CPT), USAF none given RMC 71/59
5.   Henderson, Jack E., 2LT (1LT), USAF 31 Aug 51 RMC 71/59
6.   Wilkins (?), Dennis, CPT, USMC (?) 3 Jul 51 ? 71/59
7.   MacClellan, Donald J., LTC, USAF 8 May 51 RMC 71/59
8.   Smith, J.B., CPT, USAF 8 May 51 RMC 71/59
9.   Wright, Vernon L., 2Lt (1LT), USAF 166 Jan 52 RMC 71/59
10. Peterson, Daniel Delong, 2LT (1LT), USAF 17 Jan 52 RMC 71/59
11. Enoch, Kenneth Lloyd, 1LT, USAF 13 Jan 52 RMC 71/59
12. Quinn, John S., 1LT, USAF 31 Jan 52 RMC 71/59
13. Thrash, William G., LTC, USMC 21 Dec 51 RMC 71/59
14. Richardson, Judson Cromwell, LTC, USMC 15 Dec 51 RMC 71/59
15. Parks, Roland William, 2LT (1LT), USAF 4 Sep 52 RMC 71/59
16. Frick, Vance R., 2LT (1LT), USAF 21 Jun 52 RMC 71/59
17. Dearmond, Michael Edward, 1LT, USAF 21 Apr 52 RMC 71/59
18. Duplicates No. 15      
19. Zwiacher, John Wesley, 1LT, USAF 20 Apr 52 RMC 71/59
20. Ellis, John G., 1LT, USAF 20 Jul 52 RMC 71/59
21. Arnold, John Knox Jr., COL, USAF 12 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
22. Thompson, John Walker III, A/2C, USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
23. Buck, John W., 1LT (CPT), USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
24. Elmer, Fred Alleweliln, CPT, USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
25. Vaddi, Eugene T., CPT, USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
26. Schmidt, Daniel C., Observer (A/2C), USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
27. Benjamin, Harry Martin, Jr., AIC (A/2C), USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
28. Kiba, Steve e., A/1C, USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
29. Baumer, William H., MAJ, USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
30. Brown, Howard W., TSGT, USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
31. Brown, Wallace L., 2LT (1LT), USAF 13 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
32. Hart, Alvin D., Jr., A/1C, USAF N.D. MIA/D 71
33. Weese, Henry D., 1LT, USAF N.D. MIA/D 71
34. Van Voorhis, Paul E., 1LT (CPT), USAF N.D. MIA/D 71
35. Brazil, Kenneth S., 1LT (CPT), USAF 4 Jul 52 RMC 71/59
36. MacKenzie (?), Andrew Robert, MAJ, (?) 15 Jun 52 ? 71
37. Osburn, John A., CPT (MAJ), USAF 19 Sep 53 RMC 71/59
38. Heller, Edwin Lewis, LTC, USAF 23 Jan 53 RMC 71/59
39. Izbicky, Edward J., 2LT, USAF 19 Feb 53 RMC 71/59
40. Pape, Donald L., 1LT, USAF 15 May 53 RMC 71/59
41. Giraudo, John C., LTC, USAF 16 Jun 53 RMC 71/59
42. Bettinger, Stephen L., MAJ, USAF 20 Jul 53 RMC 71/59
43. Coury, Robert A., CPT, USAF 20 Jun 53 RMC 71/59
44. Hodges, Albert V., 1LT, USAF 19 Jun 53 RMC 71/59
45. Dillon, Edward, LT (2LT), USAF 15 Jun 53 RMC 71/59
46. Pinkstone, Donald William, SGT (RAAF - Australian) 15 Jun 53 RMC 71/59
47. Fornes, William L., LT (1LT), USAF 6 Aug 52 RMC 71
48. Schwable, Frank Hawse, LTC, USMC 8 Jul 52 RMC 71
49. Johanson, Charles Vernon, SGT (SSGT), USAF 4 Jul 52 RMC 71/59
50. Bartholomew, Gabriel P., Chief, Operations Dept.,, (MAJ), USAF 18 Oct 52 RMC 71
51. Johnson, Johnny M., Sr. Sergeant (MSGT), USAF 10 Jan 53 MIA/K 71
52. Abrahmson, Gerald D., Operator (A/2C), USAF 29 Jan 53 RMC 71
53. Van Slyke, Leland H., Radio operator (A/2C), USAF 30 Dec 52 RMC 71
54. Fischer, Harold E., CPT, USAF 7 Apr 53 RMC 71
55. Shawe, Hamilton B., Jr., 2LT (CPT), USAF 1 Dec 50 RMC 71
56. McDonough, Charles E., CPT (MAJ), USAF 4 Dec 50 MIA/K 71
57. Frank (?), S.Denstrech, CPT, (?) 10 Oct/Nov
or Dec
? 71
58. Hearn, Joseph S., Navigator (CPT), USAF 12 Apr 51 RMC 71
59. Oldewage, Daniel Henry, Sr. SGT (TSGT), USAF 12 Apr 51 RMC 71
60. Metz, Henry X., Sr. SGT (SSGT), USAF 12 Apr 51 RMC 71
61. King, Marvin Eugene, A/1C, USAF 4 Dec 51 RMC 71
62. Knego, George James, LT (1LT), USAF 4 Dec 51 RMC 71
63. Moree, Leonard Levi, Jr., SGT (SSGT), USAF 4 Dec 51 RMC 71
64. Gant, John Kerr, SGT (SSGT), USAF 4 Dec 51 RMC 71
65. Millward, George E., SGT (SSGT), USAF 4 Dec 51 RMC 71
66. Bergmann, Louis H., SGT (SSGT), USAF 4 Dec 51 MIA/K 71
67. Unruh, Halbert Caloway, Aviator (CPT, USAF 4 Dec 51 MIA/K 71
68. Dean,Zach Wesley, CPT, USAF 22 Apr 51 RMC 71
69. Obney (?), MAJ (?) 12/14 Aug 51 ? 71
70. Miller, Howard P., Jr., 1LT, USAF 22 Jan 51 RMC
(remains)
71
71. Harm (?), SGT, (?) ? Sep 52 ? 71
 

*See note on ranks.

Note on Ranks: When the Russian list and U.S. records give different ranks for the same individual, both are included with the Russian listed rank first and the U.S. rank in parenthesis.  The difference may be explained by the U.S. practice to promote individuals by schedule even if the soldier is missing in action.  This practice explains that almost all the second lieutenants on the Russian list are first lieutenants in the U.S. records maintained by the USAF Casualty Office.

 
 

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