|Name:||Jimmy McDonald Malone|
|Rank/Branch:||Staff Sergeant/US Army|
173 Airborne Brigade
|Date of Birth:||13 September 1946|
|Home of Record:||Norfolk, VA|
|Date of Loss:||04 May 1966|
|Country of Loss:||South Vietnam|
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|Status in 1973:||Missing in Action|
|Other Personnel in Incident:||(none missing)|
SYNOPSIS: On 4 May 1966, C Company was in a temporary encampment position, along with 3 to 4 other companies, approximately 8 miles north of Bien Hoa and 17 miles northeast of Saigon, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. This area was dotted with small farms, rubber plantations and jungle. Then Private Jimmy M. Malone was C Company's radio operator.
Pvt. Malone was instructed to go to the weapons platoon's position to collect his platoon's mail. When he failed to return to his company's position by 1830 hours for the daily briefing that all personnel were required to attend, a search was initiated in the area of his last known position. Jungle boot prints believed to have been made by Jimmy Malone were found outside the battalion's defensive position. These boot prints were followed for a short distance where shower shoe foot prints of the type worn by the Viet Cong were seen to link up with the jungle boot prints. At that point the patrol followed the prints until they reached a fortified enemy position. The patrol withdrew without making contact.
A reinforced squad was immediately sent out to continue the search. This squad came under enemy sniper fire, as its members continued their mission. At 1930 hours, the ground search was terminated due to darkness. At the same time the ground operation was continuing, the battalion commander ordered a helicopter equipped with a loudspeaker system to fly over the area broadcasting instructions to Pvt. Malone to assist in his recovery.
At 0630 hours the next morning, additional search and rescue (SAR) efforts by another platoon resumed and continued until 0930 hours. During their operation, they were only able to locate more foot prints which disappeared into the thick jungle growth. With no trail to follow, and with the knowledge that Jimmy Malone had undoubtedly been captured, the search was suspended. Because Pvt. Malone status as a prisoner could not confirmed, he was listed Missing in Action.
In April 1991 the US government released a list of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action who were known to be alive in enemy hands and for whom there is no evidence that he or she died in captivity. This list, commonly referred to today as the USG's "Last Known Alive" list, included Jimmy McDonald Malone.
Since the end of the Vietnam War over 21,000 reports of American prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for have been received by our government. Many of these reports document LIVE American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.
Military men in Vietnam were called upon to live and fight under many dangerous circumstances, and they were prepared to be wounded, killed or captured. It probably never occurred to them that they could be abandoned by the country they so proudly served.