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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

MNC-I CSM Visits Troops at Warhorse

Dec. 30, 2006
SR# 123006-01

By Spc. Ryan Stroud
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

BAQUBAH, Iraq – The Soldiers of the 3rd “Grey Wolf” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division were treated with a visit from the Multi National Corps – Iraq command sergeant major, Command Sgt, Maj. Neil Ciotola, Dec. 28.

Ciotola made a trip to Forward Operating Base Warhorse to speak with the enlisted Soldiers of the brigade, meet and interact with the leaders he hadn’t met yet and take some time to recognize some of the brigade’s hardest working individuals.

After his arrival to the FOB, Ciotola quickly headed to the Wood Dining Facility to share lunch with the leaders of Grey Wolf, an event Ciotola said was very important to him.

“I think the sergeant majors and first sergeants need to be reminded that are the linchpin to this operation here in Iraq,” said Ciotola. “When it comes to whose going to push, pull or shove in an operation, it’s a non-commissioned officer.”
“The success or failure of an operation sometimes comes down to the NCO who, day-in and day-out, gives everything they can to their unit,” he continued. “I think it’s very important that they understand that I think they are doing a good job.”

Ciotola also said one of his purposes in the lunch was to open up the floor to the leaders to tell him what they thought needed to change or happen around their area of operation.

“My main purpose for coming was to subject myself to the scrutiny of the senior NCOs,” Ciotola said. “If they need something that I can help them with, I will do my best to see that things get changed or that something productive will happen.”
This event also provided Ciotola the chance to meet the new leadership he hadn’t met back in garrison.

“I wanted to introduce myself to those I don’t know so when I come back, I can place myself in one of their units to go on patrols, get to know their Soldiers and do what needs to be done,” he said.

“Its one thing for someone to come in and give a speech to everyone but it’s another to actually go out there and work and sweat with those Soldiers,” Ciotola added.
After spending time at the Combat Logistics Patrol point, led by the Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Ciotola made his way back to the DFAC to have a meal with some of Grey Wolf’s finest lower enlisted Soldiers. Once there, Ciotola took the time to meet with the Soldiers and to let them know he was proud of their hard work and dedication to the brigade’s efforts in combat.

“The foundation of this operation might be vested in the ability of the senior [NCOs] or in the officers, but the success or failure of this effort ultimately rests squarely on the shoulders of our young Soldiers and young sergeants,” said Ciotola.

“They are the ones walking the streets,” he continued. “They are the ones exposing themselves to the hostile nature of this environment that we have to conduct operations in. They have to deal with a lot of pressure that others might not understand.”

“Any opportunity an [NCO] gets to recognize a Soldier…and to let them know that we believe in them needs to be taken,” Ciotola added.

“A few hard-working Soldiers were invited to have dinner with Command Sgt. Maj. Ciotola,” said Pfc. Latoriya Jones, an Aviation Operation Specialist for 3rd BCT. “I was invited because I am a private first class filling a sergeant first class’ position.”

“It was for Soldiers who have gone above and beyond expectations,” she continued. “We were all coined for our efforts.”

Jones said she was glad to have the chance to meet Ciotola and to share some of her experiences with him.

“He surprised me a lot because he was more about the Soldiers than anything else,” she said. “He was interested in getting to know us personally and finding out what we did at our jobs.”

“He really took the time to learn about who we were as people, not just Soldiers,” she said. “It made me feel important. He gave us the opportunity to talk directly to him.”

“He wanted us to know that he was there for us,” Jones added. “Any questions or concerns we had, we could ask him.”

“These Soldiers lift me up, they are amazing,” Ciotola said. “They do so many things that are profound.”

Ciotola said he wanted the Soldiers to remember their efforts out here were not going un-noticed. The Soldiers are making a difference in Iraq everyday, he said.
“The Soldiers need to remember that even when American fought for our own independence, it took time,” Ciotola said. “Things do not happen over night. They need to remember they are making a difference. They are making the lives of the Iraqi people so much better.”

“Since Sadaam’s [Hussein] reign has ended, 64,000 new businesses had opened,” he continued. “The American Soldiers have already helped make a difference in the economy of the Iraqi people.”

“I think the economy in Iraq is going to get greater through time,” he said. “But none of these things could have happened without security provided from the Soldiers.”

Ciotola took one last opportunity to speak with the leaders of Grey Wolf to share his appreciation of what they do everyday for their country. He challenged them to uphold standards and take the time to spend quality moments with their Soldiers.
He also hoped the Soldiers of Grey Wolf would be proud of themselves for their efforts and contributions to their units and to Iraq.

“When they leave Iraq, I hope they think to themselves, ‘I did what I swore I would do, I did it to the best of my abilities and I did what others would not see fit,’” Ciotola said. “‘I did my best.’”

Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, command sergeant major of the Multi National Corps – Iraq, takes a moment to interact with Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at the Combat Logistical Patrol point during his visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Dec. 28. “These Soldiers lift me up, they are amazing,” Ciotola said. “They do so many things that are profound.” (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

While inspecting an area of the Combat Logistical Patrol point on Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, command sergeant major of the Multi National Corps – Iraq, looks at the standards set by the CLP leadership to ensure their Soldiers are prepared for their everyday missions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, command sergeant major of the Multi National Corps – Iraq, speaks with the senior leadership of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, during his visit to Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Dec. 28. “I think it’s very important that [the leadership] understand that I think they are doing a good job,” he said. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Felt, command sergeant major of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, command sergeant major of the Multi National Corps – Iraq, speak with each other about current and future operations throughout the brigade’s area of operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Apra harbor, Guam (Jan.1, 2007) - On the first morning of the new year, Sailors assigned to the morning color detail aboard the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) salute the holiday ensign. The flag is being flown at half-mast to honor the former President and Navy veteran Gerald R. Ford. President Ford passed away at his Calif., home on Dec. 26, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Johnson

Angels Are Our Best Friends

Dear Angels,

You are all truly angels to every soldier, airman, marine and seaman around the globe. Our duties takes us to places unimaginable to most Americans back home, with folks such as yourself and a organization dedicated to helping military service members. It is a true blessing to be here doing the work that we do knowing that we have people back home who don' t even know us, show such love with the letters and care packages. I have just received your letter informing me that I am within the Angels Network, Again thanks for your support and god bless you all. Kosovo is a relatively quiet place, the people here are kind and want us here. Unfortunately it is a population that is poor and only live off on average 1000.00 a year. The terrain is beautiful, some of the best mountains in the country happen to be all around our camp. The weather is much like Massachusetts weather with the exception of the elevation. Although the work here is great in helping the citizens of a undecided country, it is tough on the soldiers because the days are long and it becomes much like ground hog day, the days just keep repeating its self. Some of the things that I like to do along with my section is playing sports and going to the gym. I also enjoy games like chess and monopoly. So I guess if I was to create a wish list, I would like to maybe see a baseball mitt to play catch with my section I catch with my left and throw with my right. I am a huge patriots fan and love to play tag football on my down time as well. Again thanks for your thoughts and prayers and I will place soldiers angels in my prayers as well. Happy New Year and God Bless Soldiers Angels.

Jeremy B----

ROLL CALL — American troops listen up for roll call muster to ensure everyone is present and accounted for at an air base in Kuwait. The servicemembers will receive their plane tickets and itineraries for their trip back to the United States, Dec. 23, 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Kenneth R. Hendrix

In Today's News - Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts.
The person who makes a success of living
is one who sees his goal steadily
and aims for it unswervingly.
That's dedication."

-- Cecil B. DeMille

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqis Arrest Official Accused of Recording Saddam Execution on Cell Phone
Iraqi Gov't Probes Saddam Execution - VIDEO
Saddam execution video draws criticism (Sick that this has been more controversial than videos of terrorists beheading the innocent)
Iraq: 12,000 civilians killed in '06
Saddam Co-Defendants to Be Hanged
Al-Maliki Rules Out Second Term in Interview

Operation Enduring Freedom

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Just 6 Cities Earn Top Marks for Crisis Communications
Feds grade 75 cities on emergency interaction
Pat Robertson: God Told Me Major Terror Attack Is Coming in 2007
FBI Details Possible Gitmo Detainee Abuse

Troops on Trial
Navy Begins Investigation Into Iraqi Soldier's Death
Iraqi Soldier Fatally Wounded By Marine

Other Military News
Helicopter crashes east of San Diego
Troops Aid Stranded Colorado Cattle
PHOTO ESSAY: National Guardsmen Airdrop Aid
General Wants Gay Ban Lifted

Religion of Peace??
Somalia's PM: Islamic Forces Neutralized
Battle for Somalia nears Kenya border: residents - Video

Worldwide Wackos
North Korean Foreign Minister Paek dies

Politics / Government
Ex-U.S. President Ford called "rock of stability"
Wednesday to bring final rest for Ford
Ford Funeral Moves to Michigan
Op-ed: Thanking Ford for Vietnam
Mass. Gay Marriage Ban Proposal Proceeds
Bush to Meet Cabinet Ahead of Dem Takeover
Giuliani '08 Plan Laid Out in Newspaper (DOH!)
Bush seeks positive tone for new U.S. Congress
Poll shows support for Democrats' goals
Pelosi ascent in Congress a breakthrough

Immigration / Border Control
German Muslim held, denied U.S. entry

U.N. News
Another Snub by the U.N.? (Oh, what a surprise...)
U.N. urges end to Sri Lanka fighting after deaths

Science / Nature
Haylift to save snowbound cattle begins
Missouri man reels in ancient fishhook
Ancient latrine fuels debate at Qumran
Your Car Becomes the Cop

Woman Mistakes Antifreeze for Home Brew
Paging Agent Mulder: O'Hare 'UFO' Reported
Apology for "topless" New Year's Eve shock
Mob burns house of village thug

Other News of Note
Man Saves Teen Who Fell Into Train Tracks
14 Year Old Sails Across Atlantic Alone

Fox News
Denver Memorials Spring Up for Slain Bronco
U.S. Honors Former President Ford - PHOTOS
Starbucks: Yes to Caffeine, No to Trans Fats
Cops Indicted in Katrina Shootings Applauded
Fla. Mobile Home Owners May Be Millionaires
Search Resumes for Missing Indonesian Jet
New Secretary-General to Fill 2 U.N. Posts This Week, Could Bring Controversy
Dakota Fanning 'Rape' Film Heads to Sundance
Pantyhose Regaining Footing After Losing Legs
Judge's Book Fans Flames of Culture War

Reuters: Top News
Anger as Indonesia resumes search for airliner - Video
Ousted Thai PM denies any links to Bangkok bombs
Java ferry survivor says bodies dumped from life raft - Video
Merkel seeks closer EU-US ties on economic issues
Hasina-led alliance to boycott Bangladesh elections
"Perfect storm" brews over Australia's west
Sirius reaches 6 mln subscribers, free cash flow positive
From yap to growl, Israeli device dogs intruders
Bare-fist bouts a knockout with SAfrica fight fans
Health insurance bridges gap for poor families
A drink may help high blood pressure risk
"Pirates" sequel buoyed box office in 2006
Oprah opens academy for poor girls in South Africa
Oil deepens losses on mild U.S. weather
Thai stocks fall after bombs, tourism shares hit - Video
Euro holds firm as yield plays dominate
European shares little changed at open
Mild jobs may lift stocks as '07 starts
FX market ready for higher '07 returns
Asian deals with PartyGaming
Manhattan apartment downturn short-lived: report
U.S. group sues Nokia, Samsung over Bluetooth
Divining fourth-quarter earnings from December sales
Florida tribe sued over Hard Rock takeover
Plethico Pharma eyeing two firms in the U.S.: source

AP World News
Search resumes for Indonesian jetliner
Carly Simon to promote her new CD on QVC
Automakers spend big at Detroit show
Louisville dreams big after Orange Bowl
Skinner, Deacons tie Orange Bowl 10-10
'Wheel,' 'Jeopardy!' renewed to 2012
Red Wings retire Yzerman's No. 19 jersey
Alabama, Dolphins await Saban's decision
Moore surprised she clicked with Kutcher
Cancer's unrecognized toll: time
Orange Bowl QBs not cut from same mold
S.F. group enjoys shopping sabbatical
Utah town's dog license limit is ruff
SpouseBUZZ Looks at Taxes
Def. Tech: Rapid Fire
Exclusive: Jerry Ford, Navy Hero
A Cause for Wounded Vets
An Exclusive Excerpt from Operation Homecoming

CENTCOM: News Releases






2006 -- The Year in Review
USJFCOM gets approval to connect U.S., Australian networks - podcast

Department of Defense
Stability & Security in Iraq Report (pdf)
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Top Marines Visit Camp Taqaddum in Iraq - Story
Soldiers Work Fast to Keep Aircraft Refueled - Story
Raids in Iraq Yield Terrorists, Terror Leaders - Story
Stryker Brigade Reunites in Baghdad - Story
Coalition Troops Kill 4 Terrorists; Iraqis Detain 21 - Story
Iraqi Doctors Facilitate Change in Healthcare - Story

U.S. Troops Help Conduct Operations in Siniyah
Soldiers Rescue Kidnapped Iraqis from Insurgents
Cell Leader Killed in Iraq, Weapons Cache Found
Five Iranians Detained in Recent Baghdad Raids

Afghan Officials, U.S. Troops Open Runway
Chief of Chaplains Brings Support to Region
Buccaneers Return from Afghanistan Tour

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Officials Identify Casualties - Story

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

* If you're deployed, and want to see your location's weather listed here, please email me! *

Today in History
0236 - St Anterus ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0269 - St Felix I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0936 - Duke Alberik II of Spoleto appoints his son Pope Leo VII
1407 - Bloody battles between Hoeksen & Kabeljauwen in Dordrecht
1431 - Joan of Arc handed over to the bishop
1521 - Martin Luther excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church
1667 - Russia & Poland sign Truce of Androsovo
1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army leaves Glasgow
1752 - East Indies invasion "Geldermalsen" leaves at Malakka 92 killed
1777 - Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey
1780 - Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian", 1st sung
1825 - Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony utopian community
1831 - 1st US building & loan association organized, Frankford PA
1833 - Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic
1840 - 1st deep sea sounding
1847 - California town of Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
1852 - 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii
1861 - Delaware legislature rejects proposal to join Confederacy; US Fort Pulaski & Fort Jackson, Savannah, seized by Georgia
1862 - Romney Campaign - Stonewall Jackson moves north from Winchester
1868 - Meiji Restoration returns authority to Japan's emperors
1870 - Brooklyn Bridge construction begins; completed May 24, 1883
1871 - Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton NY
1872 - 1st patent list issued by US Patent Office
1876 - 1st free kindergarten in US opens in Florence MA
1888 - 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC
1889 - Admissions convention meets in Ellensburg WA, asks for statehood
1890 - 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
1896 - Emperor Wilhelm congratulates President Kruger on the Jameson Raid
1900 - Perihelion Passage
1911 - US postal savings bank inaugurated
1918 - US employment service opens as a unit of Department of Labor
1921 - Turkey makes peace with Armenia
1922 - 1st living person identified on a US coin (Thomas E. Kirby) on the Alabama Centennial half-dollar
1924 - British Egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus of Tutankhamun
1925 - Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator
1926 - Greek General Theodorus Pángulos names himself dictator
1929 - 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
1938 - March of Dimes established to fight polio
1939 - Gene Cox becomes 1st female page in US House of Representatives
1941 - Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 year lease); Italian counter offensive in Albania
1942 - American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
1943 - 1st missing persons telecast (New York City NY); Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa
1945 - Allies land on west coast of Burma, conquer Akyab; British Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits France; Greek General Plastiras forms government; US aircraft carriers attack Okinawa
1947 - William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee; 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
1952 - "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
1955 - José Ramon Guizado becomes President of Panamá
1959 - Alaska admitted as 49th US state
1961 - Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education & Labor; US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1962 - Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome; Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
1967 - Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion
1969 - Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., seated by Congress
1970 - Marxist government takes over in Congo
1974 - Arias Navarro succeeds Carrero Blanco as premier of Spain; Burma accepts its constitution
1977 - Apple Computer incorporated
1984 - Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
1985 - Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews
1988 - Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from West Beirut; Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
1990 - Panamá's leader, General Manuel Noriega, surrenders to US authorities
1991 - Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years
1992 - 32 Cubans defect to the US via helicopter
1994 - 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt; 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob's Field
1994 - Tupolev-154M crashes at Irkutsk, Siberia 122 killed
1997 - Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV

106 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero Rome, statesman/author (Academica)
1624 - William Tucker, 1st Black child born in America
1763 - Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator
1793 - Lucretia Coffin Mott, US teacher/minister/abolitionist/feminist
1810 - Eliza Von Bretton di Zerega, baroness
1819 - Thomas Hill Watts, Confederate Attorney General
1876 - Wilhelm Pieck, co-founder of German Communist Party/President (1949-60)
1879 - Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge, US First Lady (1923-29)
1883 - Clement Richard Attlee, British PM (1945-51)
1901 - Ngo Dinh Diem President/Dictator of South Vietnam (1955-63)
1902 - Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician
1903 - Charles Foulkes, Canadian General
1916 - Betty Furness, actress/consumer activist (Studio 1)
1922 - Morten Nielsen, poet/resistance fighter
1924 - Henry M. Fazzie, South African Union/UDF-leader
1929 - Marilyn Lloyd (Representative-TN, 1975-1995)
1932 - Anatoli Petrovich Kuklin, cosmonaut
1934 - Carla Hills, politician (US Presidential Commission on Housing-1982)
1945 - Stephen Stills, singer/songwriter/guitarist (Crosby Stills & Nash)
1946 - John Paul Jones, rocker (Led Zeppelin)
1947 - Sergey Filipovich Protchenko, Russian cosmonaut
1956 - Mel Gibson, actor (Mad Max, Lethal Weapon)
1967 - Joseph Amor, video game record holder (Space Invaders)

1322 - Philip V "the Tall," King of France (1316-22)
1543 - Juan Cabrillo, conqueror of Central America, discoverer of California
1552 - Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht (1524-29), dies at 64
1560 - Peder Palladus, Danish church reformer (Visitasbog), dies at about 56
1570 - Bartholomeus Latomus [Steinmetz], Flemish archbishop of Trier, dies
1661 - Maria Henriëtte Stuart (of Orange), English Princess Royal/eldest daughter of the English king Charles I/mother of English king William III, dies of smallpox at 29
1670 - George Monck, English General (-to the-sea), dies at 61
1759 - Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portuguese nobles, executed
1835 - Willem F. Röell, Dutch baron/minister of Internal Affairs, dies at 67
1898 - James Wimshurst, British designer/inventor (vacuum pump), dies at 70
1915 - James E. Flecker, British diplomat/novelist (Hassan), dies at 30
1931 - Joseph J.C. Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
1933 - Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23), dies at 56
1946 - William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason
1967 - Jack Ruby, assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies at 55
1972 - Frans Masereel, Flemish WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
1976 - Michael V. Love, US test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
1977 - Avraham Ofer Israeli minister of housing, suicide
1979 - Conrad Hilton. US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
1988 - Gaston Eyskens, PM of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
1992 - Radomiro Tomic, Chilean President (1970), dies
1993 - Peter Brocco, blacklisted in the 1950's, dies of heart attack at 89
1995 - Byron MacGregor, newscaster, dies at 56

Reported Missing in Action
Anderson, Roger D., US Army (TX); escaped January, 1968

Bean, James E., USAF (KY); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998
** also flew 41 combat missions in the P-47 in France and Germany during WWII with the Army Air Corps **

Ellis, Billy J., US Army (TN); disappeared during an attack on LZ Leslie - likely KIA

Estes, Edward D., USN (MO); A4C shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Lancaster, Kenneth R., US Army (MD); fell from skid of UH1H during extraction, likely Killed

Ayres, James H., USAF (TX); F4E crashed (w/Stratton)

Stratton, Charles W., USAF (TX); F4E crashed (w/Ayres)

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their U6 disappeared:
Holgun, Luis G. (CA)

Magee, Patrick J. (MT)

Omelia, Dennis W. (NC)

Okerlund, Thomas R. (WA)

Palen, Carl A. (IA)

Parsons, Michael D. (NV)

Rhodes, Ferris A., Jr. (SC)

Scaife, Kenneth Doyle, USN (PA); drowned

Rawlings, James; remains ID'd February, 1974