Bruce Staehli wasn't the only region serviceman not to return home

2014-04-26T22:15:00Z 2014-04-26T22:22:05Z Bruce Staehli wasn't the only region serviceman not to return homeJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

Bruce Staehli wasn't the only serviceman who hasn't returned home from Vietnam.

There are more than 1,600 personnel still considered unaccounted for.

Many were missing in action for years before their status was changed to presumed dead, body not recovered, like Staehli. Some were considered killed in action, but their remains were never located. Among those are 10 from Northwest Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs.

Many of the men were promoted in rank while they were considered MIA.

Those men include:

- U.S. Army Maj. Donald Gene "Butch" Carr of, East Chicago. Carr, a Green Beret, went missing on July 6, 1971, when the airplane he was in crashed over Laos.

- U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. James Maurice McGarvey, of Valparaiso, a pilot, went missing when his airplane crashed on April 17, 1967, in North Vietnam.

- U.S. Air Force Capt. Francis Barnes Midnight, of Gary, was an Air Force Academy graduate. His aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed over North Vietnam on Aug. 23, 1967.

- U.S. Navy Seaman Billy Lee Rogers, of Gary, was assigned to the USS Ranger. Rogers was presumed drowned, a casualty at sea on Dec. 1, 1969, off the shore of North Vietnam.

- U.S. Air Force Maj. Charles Edward Rogers, of Gary, a pilot. While making a run over southern Laos on May 4, 1967, his aircraft was struck by antiaircraft fire and crashed.

- U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Ronald Philip Soucy, of Whiting, was lost at sea in the Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam, when the helicopter on which he was a crew member, was shot down on May 23, 1967.

- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth Arnold Stonebraker, of Hobart, went missing in action on Oct. 28, 1968, when the aircraft on which he was a crew member crashed during a night mission in North Vietnam.

- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donald Joseph Trampski, of Chesterton, a member of the 4th Infantry Division, went missing in action during a battle in Pleiku Province, South Vietnam on Sept. 16, 1969.

- U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Thawson Wright, of Gary, went missing in action when his aircraft crashed over North Vietnam on Feb. 27, 1968.

- U.S. Air Force Capt. Park George Bunker of Homewood, Ill., was a pilot whose aircraft went down over Laos on Dec. 30, 1970.

(Source: Information was provided by VirtualWall.org)

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