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      POW*MIA Candlelight Vigil for Mobile, Alabama's Missing and Unaccounted in Mobile


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      July 20, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      2703 Battleship Pkwy
      Mobile, Alabama 36603

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      POW*MIA Candlelight Vigil for Mobile, Alabama's Missing and Unaccounted

      Candlelight Vigil will be held in honor of Mobile, Alabama's Unaccounted at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on July 20, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. A slow salute to: PFC Robert Louis Kirksey, [Home of record: Mobile, ALabama] MIA/KIA/BNR US Army perished January 01, 1966. PFC Robert Kirksey was assigned to Company D, in the 46th Engineer Battalion in Vietnam. On the morning of January 1,1966, he was off duty and left his clothing and valuables with a friend near the beach at Vung Tao, SVN to go swimming. His friend did not see him enter the water, but when he looked up about 10 minutes later, he realized he could not find Kirksey. Because of the prevailing currents in the area, it was assumed, after pursuing every opportinuty to find Kirksey, that he drowned.Lieutenant (junior grade) Thomas Edwin Pettis, [Home of record: Mobile, Alabama] MIA/KIA/BNR US Navy perished on May 23, 1967. Lieutenant Thomas Pettis, a helicopter pilot assigned to HS-2, CVSG-57, USS Hornet, TF 77, 7TH Fleet disappeared in a hostile air loss or crash at the in the Gulf of Tonkin, NVN. Body not recovered.SSGT Benjamin A. Thompson, Jr. (Home of record: Saraland, Alabama] MIA/KIA/BNR US Army perished on October 25, 1968. SSG Thompson was assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division with the Mobile Riverines was on a reconnaissance mission in Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam in a river crossing (Mekong Delta) when he drowned. The foot bridge across the river was unstable and SSG Thompson elected to cross below the bridge using the beams for a hand to hand crossing. One of the spans was extra wide, about a 10 foot gap, and SSG Thompson attempted to grab a rifle stock that had been held out for him.. As he attempted to push off the support with his feet, he slipped on the slimy log and lunged sideways and missed the rifle stock. Therefore, he was swept under from the strong currents and never resurfaced. Continuous searches by divers of his platoon thereafter failed to produce his body. Lieutenant Commander Robert Franklin Weirmorts, [Home of record: Eight Mile, Alabama] MIA/KIA/BNR US Navy assigned to VA-85, CVW-11, USS Kitty Hawk, TF 77, 7th Fleet in the Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam perished outright in a hostile air loss or crash at sea. Body not recovered. According to miafacts.org site, At the end of the war, there were 1,095 men whose status was Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR). This designation means that these men died but their bodies could not be recovered. In these cases, there were eyewitnesses to their loss and/or search efforts that determinied that these men were dead and could not be recovered. Thus, there were really only 1,488 men who could have been considered "missing." Free To Public - $0.00

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