PRIDEMORE, DALLAS REESE

Name: Dallas Reese Pridemore 
Rank/Branch: Sergeant First Class/US Army 
Unit: Company D, 87th Infantry, 
95th Military Police Battalion 
Saigon, South Vietnam 
Date of Birth: 29 April 1941 
Home of Record: East Liverpool, OH 
Date of Loss: 08 September 1968 
Country of Loss: Soutn Vetnam
Loss Coordinates: 105055N 1064535E (XS946989)
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Status in 1973: Prisoner of War
Category: 1
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) 

REMARKS:  "KIDNAPPED FROM GIRLFRIENDS HOUSE"

SYNOPSIS:  Then SSgt Dallas R. Pridemore was assigned as an infantry liaison non-commissioned officer stationed at Long Binh for his unit, Company D, 87th Infantry, 95th Military Police Battalion, which was garrisoned in Saigon.

On 8 September 1968, SSgt. Pridemore was off duty and visiting his Vietnamese fiancée's family in a village considered to be a suburb of Saigon, located some 4 miles northeast of the captial, Thu Duc District, Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam. During the visit, an unspecified number of Viet Cong (VC) soldiers came to the house stating they were National Liberation Front police who wanted to make an ID check of household personnel.

They searched the house, captured Dallas Pridemore who was wearing civilian clothes at the time, and led him away at gunpoint. The Viet Cong threatened SSgt. Pridemore's fiancée and her family not to have anything more to do with Americans, and indicated they would release him in three days. After his abduction was reported to US authorities, a thorough search of the village and surrounding countryside was conducted, but found no trace of SSgt. Pridemore. Because there were witnesses to his capture, Dallas Pridemore was immediately listed as a Prisoner of War.

Wartime intelligence reports gathered by US intelligence personnel indicated that Dallas Pridemore was last seen alive in Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia in January 1969. Rumors of his death had already surfaced when a skull reported to be his was found in April 1969. However, examination of the skull by mortuary personnel proved it was not his. Another report received by US intelligence was of the sighting of an individual resembling SSgt. Pridemore in Memot, Cambodia in April 1974.
 
 

In June and October 1989, US investigators in Vietnam interviewed witnesses who stated that Dallas Pridemore had been captured alive. They said he was initially imprisoned in Binh Duong Province and was later transferred to the custody of the Liberation Army Headquarters. Other witnesses stated that SSgt. Pridemore was being detained at a rustic prison in Cambodia when he was allegedly killed in a US bombing. Further investigation conducted in April 1992 by personnel from the Joint Task Force for Full Accounting (JTFFA) resulted in interviews with the former commander of the 1st Special Action Group, Sub-Region 4, who stated that SSgt. Pridemore's Vietnamese girlfriend was a local agent who compromised him and arranged his capture.

In February and March 1992, US investigators received additional information that Dallas Pridemore was sent to Binh Duong Province after capture. Other information gleaned at that time indicated he might have been taken into Cambodia in 1969.

On or off duty, on the front lines, in base camps, or visiting private homes, there were no safe havens in Vietnam as Dallas Pridemore discovered the hard way. There is no doubt he was alive and uninjured when he was led away by the VC. If he died in a prison camp, there is no question the communists could return his remains to his family, friends and country any time they had the desire to do so. However, if the reports of his death are wrong, his fate, like that of other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, 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.

Military men in Vietnam were called upon to operate in 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.