(1) LASTNAME: STOVER FIRSTNAME: DAVID DONALD IDNO: 079400543 SVC: A COMP: R RANK: SP4 GRADE: E4 MOS: 67N20 AGE: 19 HOME: MIDDLETOWN ST: NY CASDATE: 19720418 CAS1: C1 CAS2: B CAS3: 5 BODY: --- CTRY: VS PROV: 09 LSVC: ** BIRDATE: 19521103 RACE: C REL: PN MAR: S SEX: M CIT: 1 TOURD: 710927 PANL: 01W LINE: 002 REFNO: 6996 PDATE: 7204

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: STOVER
First name: DAVID DONALD
Home of Record (official): MIDDLETOWN
State (official): NY
Date of Birth: Monday, November 3, 1952
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---

Branch: Army
Rank: SP4
Serial Number: 079400543
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E4
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 67N20

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Monday, September 27, 1971
Date of Casualty: Tuesday, April 18, 1972
Age at time of loss: 19
Casualty type: (C1) Non-hostile, died of other causes
Reason: Air loss - Crashed on land (Crew member - Helicopter)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Phu Yen
The Wall: Panel 01W - Row 002



(2) LASTNAME: STOVER FIRSTNAME: DOUGLAS EARL IDNO: W3160565 SVC: A COMP: V RANK: WO GRADE: W1 MOS: 062B AGE: 22 HOME: CONCORD ST: NH CASDATE: 19690326 CAS1: A1 CAS2: B CAS3: 5 BODY: --- CTRY: VS PROV: 11 LSVC: 00 BIRDATE: 19470101 RACE: C REL: PN MAR: S SEX: M CIT: 1 TOURD: 680722 PANL: 28W LINE: 053 REFNO: 21075 PDATE: 6904

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: STOVER
First name: DOUGLAS EARL
Home of Record (official): CONCORD
State (official): NH
Date of Birth: Wednesday, January 1, 1947
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---

Branch: Army
Rank: WO
Serial Number: W3160565
Component: Reserve
Pay grade: W1
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 062B

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Monday, July 22, 1968
Date of Casualty: Wednesday, March 26, 1969
Age at time of loss: 22
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Air loss - Crashed on land (Crew member - Helicopter)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Khanh Hoa
The Wall: Panel 28W - Row 053



(3) LASTNAME: STOVER FIRSTNAME: JAMES EDWARD IDNO: 16937324 SVC: A COMP: R RANK: PFC GRADE: E3 MOS: 11B10 AGE: 19 HOME: DETROIT ST: MI CASDATE: 19680205 CAS1: A1 CAS2: H CAS3: 7 BODY: --- CTRY: VS PROV: 06 LSVC: 00 BIRDATE: 19480901 RACE: N REL: BO MAR: S SEX: M CIT: 1 TOURD: 671101 PANL: 37E LINE: 043 REFNO: 10519 PDATE: 6802

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: STOVER
First name: JAMES EDWARD
Home of Record (official): DETROIT
State (official): MI
Date of Birth: Wednesday, September 1, 1948
Sex: Male
Race: Negro
Marital Status: Single

--- Military ---

Branch: Army
Rank: PFC
Serial Number: 16937324
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B10

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Wednesday, November 1, 1967
Date of Casualty: Monday, February 5, 1968
Age at time of loss: 19
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Kontum
The Wall: Panel 37E - Row 043



(4) LASTNAME: STOVER FIRSTNAME: SHELBY DEAN IDNO: 234781141 SVC: A COMP: Y RANK: PFC GRADE: E3 MOS: 11B10 AGE: 21 HOME: AMEAGLE ST: WV CASDATE: 19690923 CAS1: A1 CAS2: G CAS3: 7 BODY: --- CTRY: VS PROV: 42 LSVC: 00 BIRDATE: 19480715 RACE: C REL: CG MAR: S SEX: M CIT: 1 TOURD: 690712 PANL: 17W LINE: 002 REFNO: 24655 PDATE: 6909

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: STOVER
First name: SHELBY DEAN
Home of Record (official): AMEAGLE
State (official): WV
Date of Birth: Thursday, July 15, 1948
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Single
--- Military ---

Branch: Army
Rank: PFC
Serial Number: 234781141
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E3
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B10

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Saturday, July 12, 1969
Date of Casualty: Tuesday, September 23, 1969
Age at time of loss: 21
Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died
Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Hoa Nghia
The Wall: Panel 17W - Row 002



(5) LASTNAME: STOVER FIRSTNAME: TOMMY GENE IDNO: 56694149 SVC: A COMP: Y RANK: SGT GRADE: E5 MOS: 11B40 AGE: 21 HOME: WILMINGTON ST: CA CASDATE: 19680102 CAS1: A3 CAS2: D CAS3: 7 BODY: --- CTRY: VS PROV: 07 LSVC: 01 BIRDATE: 19460628 RACE: C REL: BO MAR: M SEX: M CIT: 1 TOURD: 670204 PANL: 33E LINE: 024 REFNO: 9681 PDATE: 6801

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: STOVER
First name: TOMMY GENE
Home of Record (official): WILMINGTON
State (official): CA
Date of Birth: Friday, June 28, 1946
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Married

--- Military ---

Branch: Army
Rank: SGT
Serial Number: 56694149
Component: Selective Service
Pay grade: E5
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B40

--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Saturday, February 4, 1967
Date of Casualty: Tuesday, January 2, 1968
Age at time of loss: 21
Casualty type: (A3) Hostile, died while missing
Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Binh Dinh
The Wall: Panel 33E - Row 024



MY ADOPTED POW-MIA



Name: Jack Lamar Barker
Rank/Branch: O4/US Army
Unit: Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion,
101st Airborne Division
Date of Birth: 22 March 1939
Home City of Record: Waycross GA
Date of Loss: 20 March 1971
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 163544N 1962513E (XD515352)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H

Other Personnel in Incident: John J. Chubb; William E. Dillender; John F. Dugan
(all missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.

REMARKS: EXPLODED FIRE NO SEARCH - J

SYNOPSIS: LAM SON 719 was a large offensive operation against NVA communications lines in Laos. The operation called for ARVN troops to drive west from Khe Sanh, cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchpone and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while U.S. Army and Air Force would furnish aviation airlift and supporting firepower. The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S. Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first part of the operation, begun January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, and was conducted by U.S. ground forces in Vietnam.

The ARVN were halfway on February 11 and positioned for the attack across the Laotian border. On 8 February, ARVN began to push into Laos. The NVA reacted fiercely, but the ARVN held its positions supported by U.S. airstrikes and resupply runs by Army helicopters.

President Nguyen Van Thieu ordered a helicopter assault on Tchepone, and the abandoned village was seized March 6. Two weeks of hard combat were necessary for the ARVN task force to fight its way back to Vietnam. Towards the end of the removal, a helicopter from Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion was lost.

Flown by Maj. Jack L. Barker, the UH1H (serial #66-16185) was attempting to land to extract ARVN troops about 20 miles west of Khe Sanh. During the attempt, the aircraft came under enemy fire and was seen to spin, explode, and catch fire, then to break up in the air. No signs of survivors were seen. The crew aboard the aircraft were PCF John J. Chubb, Sgt. William E. Dillender, and Capt. John F. Dugan. Because of the presence of enemy forces in the area, no subsequent search could be made for survivors.

Losses were heavy in Lam Son 719. The ARVN lost almost 50% of their force. U.S. aviation units lost 168 helicopters; another 618 were damaged. Fifty-five aircrewmen were killed, 178 wounded, and 34 missing in action in the entire operation, lasting until April 6, 1971.

In all, nearly 600 Americans were lost in Laos, but because we did not negotiate with the Pathet Lao, no Americans held in Laos were released. Since that time, over 10,000 reports have been received relating to Americans prisoner, missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. Although many authorities are convinced that hundreds remain alive, the U.S. has not secured the release of a single man.

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