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"Glory to God: Our POW/MIA"

"Glory to God: Our POW/MIA"

My family has adopted an American Hero!
Name: Gregg Hartness
Rank/Branch: 03/US Air Force
Unit:
Date of Birth: 18 April 1937
Home City of Record: Dallas, TX
(born in Detroit, MI)
Date of Loss: 26 November 1968
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 160129N 1064201E
Status: (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: 02A
Other Personnel in Incident: (co-pilot rescued)

Synopsis:
Maj. Gregg Hartness and his co-pilot departed DA Nang
airbase, South Vietnam in their 02A aircraft for a night
visual reconnaissance mission over Southern Laos at 0300
hours on November 26, 1968.

At 0413, as they flew over the rugged, jungle-covered
mountainous area, the aircraft suddenly received a hit
from an unknown source in the aft section. Hartness
uncontrollably. The co-pilot successfully bailed out at
6000 feet and was rescued a few hours later. Although he
saw no parachute, the co-pilot believes that Hartness
could have ejected without his seeing him in the darkness.

At 0700 hours, an emergency signal was picked up from a
point 28 miles Northeast of Saravane, Laos. Search and
rescue located the downed co-pilot and rescued him.
Recovery was difficult because of the heavy jungle growth
on the steep hill he was on. No attempt was made to
approach the aircraft because it was still smoldering and
had unexploded ordnance aboard, and there were hostile
forces in the area. No further emergency transmissions
were detected, and the search was terminated.

Hartness is among nearly 600 Americans who were lost in
Laos. Many survived to reach the ground and radio that
they were being surrounded. A few were photographed in
captivity. Countless others have been described in rallier
and refuge reports.
The Pathet Lao stated on several occasions that they held
"tens of tens" of American prisoners, yet not a single man
held in Laos was ever released or negotiated for.