***Bring our Men and Women Back***
2003 National POW/MIA Recognition Day
SYNOPSIS: On May 13, 1969, SP4 John H.R. Brooks was the crew chief aboard one of three helicopters assigned the task of inserting Republic of Korea soldiers into Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam.
While approaching the landing zone (LZ), the three aircraft came under enemy fire, and during the insertion, SP4 Brooks' aircraft was hit, spun in the air and crashed.
Three of the 9 Koreans aboard the aircraft survived, evaded capture and were able to link up with Korean and American units the next day. One evadee reported that one Korean was killed in the helicopter and the American who was firing the machine gun on the left side of the helicopter was also killed. After the helicopter crashed, he saw the same American pinned under the helicopter. (This should be the door gunner.)
The next day the bodies of all the other American crewmen except Brooks were found. Equipment thought to belong to Brooks was discovered near the burned helicopter. There was no sign of Brooks.
Members of the crash site team agreed that while at the crash site a Korean soldier who had been in the helicopter reported that he had seen one American and two Koreans running down the hill from the crash site. No U.S. bodies were found down the hill; all of them were found at the top of the hill where the crash occurred.
Crew members of the other aircraft reported seeing what they felt was SP4 Brooks exit the aircraft after it crashed and burned, yet there was now no sign of him.
It is clear that the possibility exists that Brooks was captured. He is one of 2,014 Americans who remain prisoner, missing or unaccounted for from American involvement in Indochina.
Since the war ended, thousands of reports have been received by the U.S. Government regarding Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities now believe that there are hundreds of them still alive, held against their will. One of them could be John Brooks. What are we doing to bring these men home?
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