category deals with the degree of expected enemy knowledge which states
that category 5 is unrelated to degree of enemy knowledge. This often means
the loss did not occur during combat, such as a loss at sea due to accident.
further states that it represents individuals whose remains have been determined
recoverable as outlined in Department of the Army Technical Manual 10-286,
January 1964, section 39.
nobody is looking for them. If the category was assigned in error or
someone is recovered even though they were correctly listed as category
5, no one is working their case.
individuals labeled as Category 5 have been found before. Here is one case,
taken from an incident report of one of the 6 missing crew members:
July 7, 1967, two B52 aircraft were enroute to a combat mission when they
collided in mid-air over the South China Sea. The aircraft were approximately
20 miles offshore at the point of Vinh Binh Province when the accident
forward nearly 30 years and find that three of the 6 have been returned.
crewmembers from the aircraft were rescued, but Avolese, Crumm, Bittenbender,
Blankenship, Jones, and McLaughlin were not.
the missing crewmen onboard the two B52 downed that day were believed to
be dead. It is unfortunate, but a cold reality of war that their remains
were not recoverable. They are listed with honor among the missing because
their remains cannot be buried with honor at home.
are the names of the 6 missing:
This information was taken
directly from their incident reports at POW
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