Song Is "Come Together" By The Beatles 1969
Terry Alford graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas in 1966. He, his
sister Pam, and my wife were good friends. Pam, myself and my wife, remain friends
today. Pam has been as active as she could be to find out what happened to her
brother. I have been able to put her in touch with a couple of people who can help her
when they have information to pass on. I can't think of another MIA I would want to
have as my adopted MIA, than Terry. I am sad there are still over 2000 unaccounted
soldiers missing in action, but knowing Terry and Pam hits close to home. Please
continue to pray that all these brave men and women will be found and returned
home soon. Their families need closure and the only way they will get closure is to
know the outcome of their loved ones.
I am highly involved in finding the outcome of the searches being performed in
Vietnam, China, Laos, Cambodia, and Russia. As I am updated on the situation, I will
continue to update this site. Further information can be found by going to the
POW/MIA NetWork Web Site. This site has current updates and supports veterans
from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
Terry, listening to The Beatles
Photo Courtesy Of Joe Martin, A Friend Of Terry.
Name: Terry Lanier Alford
Rank/Branch: Chief Warrant Officer/US Army
Unit: 281st Aviation Company, 17th Aviation Group,
1st Aviation Brigade
Nha Trang Airbase, VS
Date of Birth: 22 October 1947 (Houston, TX)
Home of Record: Pasadena, TX
Date of Loss: 04 November 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 123327N 1085304E (BP702890)
Status in 1973: Missing In Action
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H "Iroquois"
Other Personnel in Incident: James R. Klimo; John A. Ware and Jim R. Cavender (missing)
REMARKS: REMS OF OTHER CREW RECOVERY
On 4 November 1969, then WO1 Terry L. Alford, aircraft commander; WO1 Jim Cavender, pilot; SP4
John A. Ware, crew chief; and SP4 James R. Klimo, door gunner; comprised the crew a UH1H
helicopter (serial #67-19512). Their mission assignment entailed flying a series of combat support
missions to and around the Central Highlands, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam.
At 1920 hours, the Huey departed a jungle outpost at Duc Lap, located only 9 miles east of the South
Vietnam/Cambodian border, for the return flight to their base at Nha Trang, some 102 miles to the
east-southeast. During the flight, the aircraft commander radioed the 48th Aviation Company
Operations Center at Ninh Hoa reporting their currant location as the Duc My Pass, approximately 82
miles east-northeast of Duc Lap and 24 miles north-northwest of Nha Trang. He further stated they
were in clouds and instrument meteorological conditions existed in the jungle-covered mountains.
Shortly afterwards, the controller at Ninh Hoa heard a radio transmission from WO1 Alford reporting
that they were in trouble and he believed the helicopter was flying upside down. Within minutes all
contact was lost.
Search and rescue (SAR) efforts were immediately initiated employing both air and ground forces.
Over the next six days they searched along the entire flight path of the Huey from the jungle covered
mountains and passes to all villages in the area. These efforts failed to produce any information on the
missing helicopter or its crew. At the time formal SAR efforts were terminated, Terry Alford, Jim
Cavender, John Ware , and Jim Klimo were listed as Missing In Action.
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Later Defense Department personnel informed the families of the Huey's crew that they were on a
secondary mission heading toward the buffer zone between Cambodia and South Vietnam, rather than
away from it, when the aircraft vanished. However, these officials provided no details regarding the
purpose of the secondary mission or the aircraft's destination in the buffer zone. They confused the
situation further by adding that the helicopter was in the location of loss in the Central Highlands by
mistake, but never provided an explanation for that statement.
During a government program presented to POW/MIA family members, which included showing
pictures of unidentified Prisoners of War, Jim Klimo's sister identified her brother as one of the
prisoners pictured in a Vietnamese propaganda leaflet shown to them. To date no confirmation of the
identity of the man in the photograph has been made by our government.
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 American Prisoners of War remaining captive throughout Southeast Asia TODAY.
Pilots and aircrews in Vietnam were called upon to fly 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.
Source: Task Force Omega, Inc.
Special thanks to Jennifer Martinez for sending me this current
information about Terry and his crew. The search for the MIA's is
alive and well, despite the U.S. government
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POW/MIA Facts and Links
The POW/MIA flag is mandated to Fly from all Federal installations on Holidays...
Federal law mandates that the Prisoner of War Flag be flown under the United States flag on federal
property on all federal holidays, and permissable to be flown on any date. All veterans are assigned
to ensure that the POW/MIA flag is flown.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Awarded by U.S. Public Law 101-355
Type Special Flag
Awarded for On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355,
recognizing the National League of Families POW/MIA Flag and designating it "as a symbol
of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of
Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. Thus ending the
uncertainty for their families and the Nation." Beyond Southeast Asia, it has been a symbol
for POW/MIAs from all American Wars.
First awarded 1990-08-10
The POW/MIA flag is an American flag designed as a symbol of citizen concern about
United States military personnel taken as prisoners of war (POWs) or listed as missing in
action (MIA). The POW/MIA flag was created by the National League of Families and
officially recognized by the Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA
issue, "as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as
possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast
Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation."
The original design for this flag was created by William Graham Wilkin III. National League
of Families President and POW wife Evelyn Grubb also played a major role in
conceptualizing the flag and gaining its widespread acceptance and use by the United
States government and also local governments and civilian organizations across the United
Links To This Mandate:
This Information Was Obtained From:
The American War Library, Est. 1988
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The 4th Allied P.O.W. Wing, Brought Back All Of The
POW's In Hanoi, North Vietnam. There Were 586 US
Airforce, 266 US Navy, 133 US ARMY, 47 USMC, 39 POW's.
The 4th Allied P.O.W. Wing Began Bringing The POW's Back
On 12 February 1973, To Clark Air Base, In The Philippines,
And Ended On 4 April 1973.
There Were A Total Of 1076 POW's Returned.
As Of 2012, There are still 1655 Unaccounted For Americans.