JONES, GRAYLAND (NMN)

Name:  Grayland (NMN) Jones
Rank/Branch: Private First Class/US Army
Unit:  128th Signal Company,
Port Command, 
1st Logistics Command 
Date of Birth: 01 September 1950
Home of Record: Indianapolis, IN
Date of Loss: 23 November 1969
Country of Loss:  South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates:  115102N 1090917E (CP128205)
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Status in 1973: Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:  water 
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS:   On 23 November 1969, PFC Grayland Jones was off duty and attending a swimming party with other members of his signal company at a transmitter naval site located on the beach at Cam Ranh Bay, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam. While PFC Jones was swimming, he found himself in jeopardy and called out for help. Before anyone could reach him in the heavy surf, Grayland Jones disappeared under the water.

Search and rescue (SAR) efforts commenced immediately. Army personnel searched the coastline in both directions of the transmitter naval site and the US Navy conducted an exhaustive series of searches of all local offshore islands and the water in and around the location of loss using aircraft and ships. None of these SAR efforts revealed any trace of him. At the time formal search efforts were terminated, Grayland Jones was listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

In February 1975, a Vietnamese source reported a gravesite that US intelligence believed might correlate to the loss of PFC Jones. The source's information was thoroughly evaluated and the area ofthe suspected gravesite was examined. However, no remains were recovered from the site.

While the fate of Grayland Jones is not in doubt, he has the right to have his remains returned to his family, friends and country if at all possible. For other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, their fate could be quite different.

Since the end of the Vietnam War well 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.

American servicemen in Vietnam were called upon to operate in many dangerous circumstances both on and off duty, 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.