ARLIE R MANGUS
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

ARLIE ROBERT MANGUS

WALL NAME

ARLIE R MANGUS

PANEL / LINE

2W/61

DATE OF BIRTH

02/16/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/04/1971

HOME OF RECORD

KITTANNING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Armstrong County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

Book a time
Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ARLIE ROBERT MANGUS
POSTED ON 12.24.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



SERGEANT

ARLIE ROBERT MANGUS


served with the


329th TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

5th TRANSPORTATION COMMAND ( TERMINAL )


The 5th Transportation Command ( Terminal ) had the duty of running the extensive Qui Nhon port and served under the United States Army Support Command, Qui Nhon.

The 5th Transportation Command was later deployed to Da Nang, and had Battalions serving Vung Tau and Cat Lai.

Among its duties were support of amphibious operation and supplying ammunition and ordnance to operational units, primarily by heavy boat.

On the afternoon of 2 November 1970


Sergeant
Dennis Irvin Day

Sergeant
Richard Clair Dority

Sergeant
David Landrell Ginn

Sergeant
Perry Castellion Kitchens
( remains recovered )

Sergeant
Arlie Robert Mangus

Sergeant
Jerry Dean Martin

Staff Sergeant
Calvin Andrew Norris

Sergeant
James Robert Pantall

Private First Class
Billie Hammond Peeples
( remains recovered )

Sergeant First Class
John Daniel Shewmake Sr.

and

Sergeant
David Walter Woods


were the crew of a landing craft, LCU #63, which departed Da Nang en route to Tan My, South Vietnam on a resupply mission.

The LCU was a heavy craft able to carry large loads of ammunition.

At 1010 hours on 3 November 1970, helicopter pilots sighted the craft capsized about 5 nautical miles south of Tan My port.

In an initial search by air/sea rescue, however, no sign of the crew of the LCU were observed.

There was no apparent hostile action, and the reason for the incident is unknown.

On 6 November 1970 the remains of Billy Hammond Peoples were recovered near Cu Loi Island, fully rigged in a life jacket.

During the period of 4-20 December attempts were made to salvage the craft and locate the crew.

Divers gained access to all compartments and voids of the craft, but no survivors or evidence of remains were found.

Pieces of clothing, small arms ammunition, cans and a radio were recovered.

On 16 March 1977 the body of Perry Kitchens was returned to United States control and subsequently positively identified.

There has never been any further word of the remaining members of the crew.

The missing nine men were all presumed to have drowned, and the U.S. Army believes there is no chance to ever recover the eight men missing from LCU-63.

There are several discrepancies in the case of LCU-63 which should be noted.

First of all, the United States Army, the United States State Department and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Directory lists all the crew except Peeples as Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, or Sergeant First Class, which are ranks one grade above those listed by Defense Department and Joint Casualty Resolution Center records.

The lower grades are listed as follows:

Ginn, Martin, Pantall, Peeples -
E3 or Private First Class;

Day, Dority, Kitchens, Mangus and Woods - E4 -
which can be either Corporal or Specialist 4;

Norris - E5 or Sergeant;

Shewmake - E6 or Staff Sergeant.

Secondly, the Memorial Directory lists the entire crew with the exceptions of Peeples and Kitchens as missing on 4 November 1971 ( a year and a day later than all other records ).

Third, the military occupational specialties of all 10 men on whom information can be gathered are classified.

It was not uncommon for promotions to be given during the period between the time personnel went missing and the time they were declared dead.

This group is classified as having had "non-hostile, died while missing" deaths, leading one to assume that for a brief time, at least, they were declared missing, so that it might be possible to have attained a grade increase during that period.

It is uncommon, however for grade increases to be given to those whom are considered dead and non-recoverable.

It was also uncommon for a group of 18 and 19 year-olds, as were most of this crew, to attain the rank of sergeant.

Strange things have been known to happen regarding missing men.

One pilot was declared dead because his aircraft exploded close to the ground.

Later, the pilot, who had ejected in a cloud of smoke, and landed on the ground even before his parachute was fully deployed, was released from a POW camp.

One Marine, Ronald Ridgeway, was declared dead and actually "buried" in a mass grave in the United States with other men from the same action, only to come home from a POW camp in 1973.

Mistakes were made, and errors in judgement occurred.

Given that the LCU sank with no witnesses, and sank in the proximity of an island, it is imaginable that the crew could have survived to be captured.

This could be said to be supported by the fact that Peeples was found fully outfitted in his life jacket. It is, of course, only conjecture.





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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POSTED ON 2.18.2003
POSTED BY: Candace Lokey

Not Forgotten

I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

Candace Lokey
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
[email protected]

If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

www.pow-miafamilies.org
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POSTED ON 10.26.2002
POSTED BY: Nikki Mendicino

My adopted POW/MIA

Arlie Mangus is my adopted POW/MIA. Twice a year I honor him at The Wall in Washinton D.C. I have met his mother and his family and hope that one day he comes home to them where he belongs.
http://www.nikkiusa.com/arliemangus.html
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POSTED ON 4.6.2001
POSTED BY: Samuel Young

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN ARLIE MANGUS

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Arlie,
This is a personal note for you. I am not sure if you remember me, I was only 4 or 5, but I know you. You are not going to be forgotten, I won't let that happen and there is another friend, her name is Nikki, she already has a great site, and it is a wonderful tribute. I am working on one myself for you. Your parents are doing fine, but they worry about you and miss you, they just do not know what happened to you, but we continue to try and find out. There are many things that just do not make sense. Nikki and I are going to make sure you are not forgotten as well as others who knew you. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. In a way I have followed in your foot steps. I am a military man too. I have 18 years in and will retire in a few more. I have your bracelet too, it took a long time to get it, for I wanted only one and that was yours. The homepage for Kittanning should have Nikki's site added, but just in case I will put it at the end of your rememberance. It is really remarkable and Nikki is remarkable too. She is only 12 years old Arlie, but she is an incredible young lady. I think you would have liked her. I hope one day you will rest in peace Arlie, but until we know where you are or what happen, none of us can rest in peace, especially your family. I cannot have that happen to a wonderful family like yours. Arlie you will not be forgotten, whereever you are Arlie I hope we find you and can know what happened to you, until then we will always remember you. It is my turn to help them find out what happened and I will do that to the best of my abilities.

Your home page from Nikki

http://www.geocities.com/nlmendicino/arliemangus.html
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