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It is difficult at best, to realize that so many men and women of the Armed Forces of The United States (2,031 as of this writing) are still classified as "missing in action".

216x216 jpg    If our elected government officials are besieged with e-mail, and snail mail, recalling this issue to their attention, then maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference. It has been on the back burner far too long.

   Operation Just Cause   is a living work in progress whose mission is to never forget those who fought, died, and as in this case, are still unaccounted for. It is an action we can undertake together to insure that as many as humanly possible are accounted for. And if these actions result in just one of these souls being located or finally accounted for, then it is an action we cannot ignore. The results are potentially great. The reward will be in your heart. We can no longer afford NOT to be involved.

   If you are tired of apathy, if you are tired of not getting involved, if you value human life, then I strongly urge you to write your Congressmen, Senators, The First lady, The Vice-President and The President himself.
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CZERWIEC, RAYMOND GEORGE

Name: Raymond George Czerwiec
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: Company A, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 21 February 1944
Home City of Record: Chicago IL
Date of Loss: 27 March 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 141913N 1073733E (YA826811)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1416


Other Personnel In Incident:
Gail M. Kerns (released POW); Clarence A. Latimer (missing)
Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.

REMARKS:
More information is being sought as of this update.

Update: 30, July, 2006
Official Government Status: "Died while missing"
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Panel 28W Row: 059
With the addition of four names added in 2006 the total is now 58,253 names listed on the Memorial.
Approximately 1200 of these are listed as missing (MIA's, POW's, and others).



On March 27, 1969, Raymond Czerwiec and Gail Kerns were riflemen with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry and on a reconnaissance mission in Kontum Province, South Vietnam when their Platoon came under hostile weapons fire and were forced to withdraw with a number of people missing. An attempt to reenter the area that afternoon was unsuccessful. Another attempt was made on the 28th but it was also unsuccessful. Air strikes and artillery fire were placed into the enemy area for two days. On March 30, Company A attacked the enemy again, and was again forced to withdraw leaving people behind. Two Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols (LRRP) were sent back into the area a week later to recover the bodies of the missing. Sweeps were made of the area for two days, but no remains were found. On March 3, 1973, several 4th Infantry Division POWs were released by the North Vietnamese. One of these was Gail Kerns who was captured during this action. Kerns was not conscious when he was captured, and did not know the fate of Ray Czerwiec.
Source: POW/MIA's of Vietnam - 4thinfantry.org


SYNOPSIS

   On March 27, 1969, Raymond Czerwiec and Gail Mason were riflemen with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry and on a reconnaissance mission in Kontum Province, South Vietnam when their platoon came under hostile weapons fire and were forced to withdraw with a number of people missing.

   An attempt to re-enter the area that afternoon was unsuccessful. Another attempt was made on the 28th but it was also unsuccessful. Air strikes and artillery fire were placed into the enemy area for two days.

   On March 30, Company A attacked the enemy again, and was again forced to withdraw, leaving people behind, including SP4 Clarence A. Latimer, who was a rifleman with the company and had been severely wounded during the attempt.

   Two long range reconnaissance patrols (LRRP) were sent back into the area a week later to recover the bodies of the missing. Sweeps were made of the area for two days, but no remains were found. Clarence A. Latimer was declared Missing In Action.

   On March 3, 1973, Gail Kerns was released by the North Vietnamese. He had been held in South Vietnam, and moved to Hanoi prior to his release. No word had ever gotten out to the U.S. that Gail had been captured. Kerns was not conscious when he was captured, and did not know the fate of Ray Czerwiec, nor did he have information regarding Clarence Latimer.

   Evidence of secondary prison systems has surfaced since the latter years of the war. It is suspected, as reports mount that hundreds of Americans were withheld from release and are still alive today, that prisoners within a second system were kept completely separate from the others. This would allow a large number of POWs to be held without knowledge of other prisoners.

   Nearly 10,000 reports have been received relating to Americans in Southeast Asia. Whether Czerwiec and Latimer are among those thought to be still alive is not certain. What is certain, however, is none of them deserve abandonment by the country they proudly served.


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