Prisoner of War - Samuel Adams, Thomas Moore, Charles Dusing - Stil POW/MIA's

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Samuel Adams

Thanks to his son;
Samuel Adams for this photo.
Thomas Moore
Thanks to Nora Diane Moore
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His Daughter
Charles Dusing
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New York State Director
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Samuel Adams 10-31-65 SVN  - MIA Thomas Moore 10-31-65 SVN  - MIA Charles G. Dusing  10-31-65  SVN - MIA

     This web page started out as a tribute to Samuel Adams, my first adopted POW/MIA. But the more I got into doing his story, I found myself wondering about Thomas Moore, Charles Dusing and Jasper Page. I hope that I can add more about each of my Heroes as I learn from my research, and talks with family members of each. I have been in contact with Jasper N. Page, Samuel Adams son Samuel Adams, and Diane Moore, and her two sisters. I have finally found someone from Sgt. Dusing's family.I found his son Charles Dusing after a two year search. He has gotten in contact with the other family members. I have Adopted all three men, as they were friends and captured together! The Circle of Life is almost complete. When they come home it will complete the Circle.

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Name: Adams, Samuel
Rank/Branch: E5/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 02 August 1935
Home City of Records: Goldenrod, FL.
Panel: 03E, Line 8
Name: Moore, Thomas
Rank/Branch: E9/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 09 Dec. 1930
Home City of Records: Baton Rouge LA
Panel: 03E, Line 8
Name: Dusing, Charles G.
Rank/Branch: E5/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 11 April 1928
Home City of Records: Charleston SC
Panel: 03E, Line 9
The below information is the same for all three POW/MIA's
Unit: 6250 Civil Engineering
Date of Loss: 31 October 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: View Maps -- Click on Coordinates   104000N 1070000E (YS224805)
Status (in 1973: Prisoner of War
Category: 1
Vehicle: Ford Truck
Other Personnel in Incident: Jasper N. Page, escaped

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SYNOPSIS:   The Tan Son Nhut Airbase was located on the northeast edge of Saigon and was destined to become the primary port of entry and departure for all military personnel serving in Vietnam. Vung Tau was located on the Vietnamese coast approximately 38 miles southeast of Tan Son Nhut and was a favorite resort area for the Vietnamese elite and foreign visitors alike for years. At approximately 0900 hours on Saturday, 30 October 1965, SSgt. Samuel Adams, SSgt Charles G. Dusing, TSgt. Jasper N. Page and TSgt. Thomas Moore departed Tan Son Nhut Airbase in an Army UH1B helicopter bound for the resort city of Vung Tao and a weekend of swimming in the South China Sea. They arrived at roughly 1000 hours that day and the aircraft was to return the following day to transport them back to base. They rented a beach cottage and spent the remainder of the day and the next morning swimming and lying around the beach sunning themselves. In the early afternoon Samuel Adams placed a call to the Tan Son Nhut Airbase to confirm their flight back. He was informed the aircraft would not be there to pick them up as planned. After notifying the others, they began thinking of ways to return to Saigon.

helmet      When 591 Americans were released at the end of the war in 1973, Adams, Dusing and Moore were not among them; their names were on a list. No bodies were returned to their families, even though the Vietnamese clearly know where to find the three men. Since that time, Vietnam has doled out handfuls of remains as the political atmosphere seemed appropriate, but Adams, Dusing and Moore remain unaccounted for.

     The three are among nearly 2500 Americans who remain missing in Indochina. Unlike "MIA's" from other wars, most of these men can be accounted for. Tragically, over 8000 reports concerning Americans still in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. since the end of the war. Experts say that the evidence is overwhelming that Americans were left behind in enemy hands. It's time we brought our men home.

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    Following is gleaned from documents from the Library of Congress. I wanted to get more info then was provided to me from OJC, to make my page more personal to Samuel Adams, Thomas Moore & Charles Dusing. I searched the internet and found a site that linked me to the Library of Congress with documents about POW/MIA's. Digging deeper I found my POW/MIA Samuel Adams with approx. 170 pages of info on him and the other two airman mentioned above and the fourth airman who escaped the Viet cong shortly after their capture. All the pages related to documents listed on a Microfilm tape #214 (It also has many other POW/MIA's on it). I went to my local Library and placed an order to the Library of Congress for reel #214. It took approx. 1 1/2 months before it arrived. This is an excellent way of finding out more on the happenings of my and other POW/MIA's. If your really interested give it a try. Here is the URL: Library of Congress - Search for POW's

Jasper N. Page nad his Wife
Jasper N. Page is the only person
in the U.S.A.F. that was captured
and escaped in South Vietnam

    Learning the fourth airmen name took some in depth reading but once I found it I was determined to locate him, ** Jasper N. Page. I did a search for his name and found 11 matches and one direct match. They included phone numbers, and mailing addresses so I called the number and once talking to him I had struck gold. It was indeed the fourth man in the group. He was very nice to talk to and I explained that I was not looking for money or trying to sell him anything , I was just looking for more information on the real happenings that day.

    I felt that he was uneasy with the questions, as he did not know who I was or what I was looking for. I gave him my e-mail address and the URL of my POW/MIA page for him to check out before we went any farther. I have gotten a couple e-mails, form his wife who is the internet surfer, but nothing on the subject of his escape.

    Then on Feb 5th, 98 I received a phone call from Jasper N. Page. We talked about the happenings of those few days. He stated that he learned more about what happened back then, in the last two to three months then he had in all the previous years from the government. He was very pleased that there are people out there that still care about that time period and about our POW/MIA's. He states that he doubts that there are any still alive or that many more remains will be found. He said that anyone who was there would know that the brush was so thick and that remains left unattended would be long gone. Either by returning to the earth or by wildlife.

    S/Sgt Jasper N. Page, S/sgt. Samuel Adams, S/sgt. Charles Dusing and T/sgt. Thomas Moore all USAF personnel assigned 6250 Civil Engineering, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, RVN, departed Tan Son Nhut Air Base at approximately 0900 hrs, 30 Oct 1965, on board an Army HU 1B helicopter for Vung Tau beach area for a weekend of swimming. They arrived at approx. 1000 hrs that day, the aircraft was to return the next day to transport them back to base. They rented a beach cottage and spent the reminder of the day and the next morning swimming and lying around the beach sunning them selves. In the early afternoon hrs, Adams placed a phone call to the Tan Son Nhut Air Base to confirm their flight back. He was told that aircraft wouldn't be there to pick them up. He returned to the others and told them about the aircraft not coming to pick them up. They began to think of a way to get back Saigon. They were strolling along the beach area where they passed a girl, who appeared to be caucasian who they thought to be French. She was approx. 18-21 years old, medium build with light brown hair. She was lying under a canopy of some sort with an edlerly lady who was around 55-60 years old, tall and invited the airmen to share some shade of the canopy with the two ladies. After accepted and a conversation ensued during which the that her sister was an exchange student in the US. She also stated she worked in a French bank in Saigon. A short while later approx. four or five children, two young men approx. 19-22 years old, and another French looking girl of the same age and a Vietnamese joined them. At this time the airmen inquired as to their mode of transportation and if they could drive them to Saigon. The original young girl informed them that they were not going to Saigon until later, but after more conversation the elderly lady told the airmen that she would permit her driver to take them to Saigon, but the rest of them would get off at a small plantation just outside of Vung Tau where they were staying.

    Around 1630 hrs the airmen and the others boarded a yellow 1961 Econoline Ford panel truck with a Shell Oil Co. logo on the side, and the Vietnamese male who was the driver drove them to a Shell station near Vung Tau. They picked up a automobile tire and proceeded North on Hwy 15. When they reached the plantation all but the driver and the four airmen got out. Page described the plantation as small with archway for an entrance and fairly large house that was situated off the road a bit. They continued North on Hwy 15, they slowed almost to a stop at a couple points along the way and each time the driver would motion them to get down, but each time they would continue on with out incident. At approx. 1730 hrs. they reached a point where the truck slowed down again and the driver again motioned them to get down. Suddenly the truck came to a stop and all the doors of the truck were opened and several VC ordered the four USAF personnel and the driver out of the truck. The airmen were searched and all their personal items taken from them. The airmen were armed with a 22 cal., 38 cal and two 45 cal. pistol. These were also taken from them. The VC tied the airmen in pairs with a rope and ordered them back into the truck. Page remembered that the VC were talking to the driver but Page doesn't know what happened to him. Adams and Page were tired together and Dusing and Moore were tied together. A VC drove the truck off on a dirt road until it became bogged down in th mud. The VC then ordered the airmen out of the truck and were led off into a north easterly direction on foot, guarded by approx. 15 VC.

    Sunday night Oct 31st, 1965, they reached a small camp area, which consisted of small bamboo shelters where they spent that night. While sleeping the airmen were tied to bamboo bunks and anchored by rope to a post or pole and guarded by an unknown number of VC. At this time Moore was given some pills for an upset stomach which seemed to relieve him. Monday morning, Nov. 1st. 1965, along with 15 VC guards, they continued on foot in the same northeasterly direction until they arrived at a second camp similar to the first one they where at. Here the original VC guards were replaced by 25 - 30 VC guards. Next morning still heading in the same general direction as the past two days. This was Tuesday Nov. 2nd. 1965, Dusing developed an upset stomach as Moore did before him, he also was weak from lack of water. En route that day a hard rain begin and at approx 1530 hrs the VC
Nora Diane Moore-Rich  
Nora Diane Moore-Rich
grouped the men together and put rain gear on them. Page and Adams were still bound together and were guarded by three VC. Page believed that Dusing and Moore were about 500 yards behind on the trail moving their way. The VC guards stopped them at this point to wait for the others, one of the VC guards leaned his weapon against tree and dropped his guide rope connected to Page/Adams. Page/Adams were able to free themselves from the rope under cover of their rain gear, and briefly talked about an escape attempt. Adams was to go for the weapon against the tree. Page was to jump the other two guards in an attempt to disarm them. The moment had come for this attempt, Page succeed in knocking one of the guards to the ground and get the others guards weapon, a french carbine and a US M1 carbine. Page tossed the French weapon away as he did not know how to operate it. At this point, he noticed Adams had not succeeded in getting the weapon leaning against the tree. The VC guard had reached the weapon prior to Adams. One guard turned and fired at Page as Page fled into the brush. Page does not know if the VC guard fired at him or not. He noticed that after Adams failed to reach the weapon in time he started running on a nearby trail while the VC were firing at Adams. Page aimed at the guard firing at Adams but he could not get the US carbine to fire, as the safety was on, he later learned when he had time to check it out. Adams was approx. 15-20 yards from the VC when they were firing at him. Page heard Adams shout "No" and saw him fall into a bush very close to him. Then he heard more shots. Page believed that Adams was killed by the VC guards, but he wasn't sure of this fact.

    Page tried to get his weapon to fire again, with out success. The VC then turned his weapon and pointed it at Page at point blank range. He turned and ran four or five steps up the trail and then turned left in to the brush. The VC fired again. Page said he thought it was in Adams' direction. Page kept pushing himself through the brush for maybe five or ten minutes. Then he lay down and kept still. At about this time he heard shouting and not in english. Then more shots coming from the direction where he escaped from. He moved further into the brush and in a few minutes heard five or six more shots ring out. It soon started to get dark and he decided to head in what he thought was a southernly direction. After traveling for several hours he came upon a swampy area that he was afraid to cross in the dark, so he spent the night where he was. The next morning, 3 Nov. 1965, he moved down a stream and eventually saw a rubber plantation on the other side. This was about 1130 hrs and he could see some people across from him so he hid where he was. About noontime, they left and went into some huts nearby. There was quite a bit of activity in the area so he stayed where he was until dark. He then followed a trail most of the night in a westerly direction and stopped when the trail came to a dead end and spent the night there. At daybreak, 4 Nov. 1965 he picked up another trail and still going west came to an ox cart track and followed it a while and then took another trail. This soon led him to the Tam An Special Forces Camp on Nov. 4th, 1965 where he was examined by a medic and then flown to Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

    Here is what he said about his arrival at the camp. "I walked up to the perimeter of the camp without and one seeing me. I saw four RVN on guard duty. One turn in my direction and yield, he and the others dropped to the ground pointing their weapons at me. After several days of running thru the jungle I was dirty, my cloths where torn and I had several days growth on my face. I had already tied a white hankie to the barrel of the carbine before I stepped out in to the open. Surrounded by RVN troops he waited for someone to report to. I held my hands and the carbine above my head waving the white flag. I felt that they where close to shooting me. Not what I wanted after escaping and surviving. Eventually a US Special Forces Major and an RVN Captain drove to his location and once finding out who he was took him back to the camp for medical treatment and debriefing. They spent several days flying over the area Page pin pointed on a map, but nothing was visible from the air.
    Page states that he last saw all the airmen at approx. 1530 hrs 2 Nov. 1965. At this time Moore, Dusing where detained by the VC and Adams was attempting to escape.

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S/Sgt Jasper N. Page Inerview

    On Nov. 10th, 200,1 Jasper N. Page was finally awarded is POW Medal. After a long and hard letter writting campain to officials in Washington DC. While in Branson, Missouri he and his wife Yvonne. They were there for Veterans Day week end. While aboard the "Branson Belle" Showboat. Jasper was awarded a POW medal. He was totally surprised. The medal was presented by Col. "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor winner, in front of 1000+ officers and their wives. It was very moving and an awesome experience

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     "I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to keep pushing this issue inside the Belt way... The need to get specific answers is more important now than ever before. If still alive, some MIAs are now in their 70s...They don't have much time left. We have to demand the answers from the bureaucrats and keep standing on their necks (figuratively speaking) until they get the message that THEY work for US and that we are serious about getting these long overdue responses. Diplomatic considerations aside...

     We can no longer allow questionable protocols established by pseudo-aristocratic armchair strategists, to determine or influence the fate of the men who were in the trenches while the diplomats were sharing sherry and canapes and talking about "Their Plans" for the future of SE Asia." . . . . . Gunny


I'm just a nameless silhouette; nobody knows my face,
. Though many of you pray for me each day;
The man you said you won. t forget, in a dark and distant place.
I am the POW; I am the MIA.

I am a Navy pilot; I am a dead Marine;
I am the wounded grunt they couldn. t find.
But I'm living still, and I. m long dead, and I. m somewhere in between,
And I can. t believe that I was left behind.

They killed me in an ambush, and they captured me alive,
And I died when my Huey crashed and burned.
They over-ran my unit, but I managed to survive,
And they brought me North in chains when they returned.

They beat me and they whipped me, and they worked me . til I dropped.
To break my will, they made their best endeavor.
When great despair had gripped me, still the torture never stopped,
And they told me: . We can keep you here forever..

They told me that my parents died, that my kids were grown and gone; And
my wife lost hope, and married my best friend. But there. s a prayer I
hold inside, that helps me to go on: That someone still remembers, and
you. ll bring me Home again.v

I'm just a nameless silhouette; nobody knows my face,
. Though many of you pray for me each day;
The man you said you won. t forget, in a dark and distant place.
I am the POW; I am the MIA.

Tim Murphy ©. 1986

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