WALLACE, ARNOLD BRIAN

Name: Arnold Brian Wallace
Rank/Branch: Private/US Army
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Company 
2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Division 
USNS General John Pope 
Date of Birth: 02 April 1945
Home of Record: San Leonardo, CA
Date of Loss: 25 January 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 230900N 1241000E (XR194606)
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Status in 1973: Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: At Sea
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS:   Most US military personnel were transported to their tours of duty in Southeast Asia aboard US naval vessels. One of those transport ships was the USNS General John Pope.

At 2255 hours on 25 January 1967, while enroute to Vietnam aboard the USNS General John Pope, Pvt. Arnold B. Wallace had a confrontation in the mess hall with the Mess Sergeant. It escalated to a point where he was escorted by two military policemen to the armory for questioning. Over the next several hours he was questioned by his Commanding Officer about his behavior and the argument in the mess hall. Pvt. Wallace was also given a medical examination by the battalion surgeon.

During both the questioning and medical examination, Arnold Wallace was both hostile and uncooperative. Because of his attitude, it was decided by the Commanding Officer and Medical Officer to place Pvt. Wallace in confinement until an investigation could be conducted. As the troubled soldier was being escorted to the ship's brig, he bolted toward the railing. By the time the MP escorts also reached the railing, Arnold Wallace had jumped overboard. He was seen to hit the water on his back in the vicinity of geographical location 2309N 12410E.

The MPs immediately signaled "man overboard," and a light marker and two life preservers were thrown into the water. An emergency boat was also instantaneously manned and lowered into the water to search for the troubled soldier. Over the next 19 hours and extensive search using all resources available was conducted for Pvt. Wallace. The search pattern covered 64 square miles of ocean in and around the point of loss. When all recovery efforts proved unsuccessful, Arnold Wallace was listed Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.

While the fate of Arnold Wallace is not in doubt and the probability of recovering his remains is next to impossible, he has the right not to be forgotten by the nation he was willing to serve. For other Americans who remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, their fate 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 America 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.