Two Burial Sites to be excavated for San!!! Amazing news, but--and there is always a but-- now more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
In June 2015, the National League of Families POW/MIA hosts annual meetings and family briefings in Washington DC for families to be updated on the progress of their loved ones from all conflicts. Each family is allowed 30 minutes with the Analyst assigned to their case. YES, only 30 minutes to cover 47 years of waiting for answers.
During this meeting, Terri and her niece, Michele Herron, were informed that the previous investigative report, that offered a detailed map from an alleged eyewitness, was in question. Confused and disheartened, many questions were left unanswered and the 30 minutes had expired.
The newly appointed Director of the DPAA, Michael Linnington, was in attendance at these meetings. Terri and Michele approached him with their concerns about the confusing family briefing. Mr. Linnington quickly responded and arranged another meeting the following day with the DPAA Analyst, his Military Liaison, and the family. This meeting was incredibly informative. The DPAA Analyst assured the family that he would take it upon himself to correlate ALL 35 witness statements, and plot the coordinates of each witnesses' recollection.
As a result of the DPAA Analyst's hard work, a 23-page report was issued, and TWO burial sites were discovered!! Both are in close proximity; the Analyst recommended both sites to the Excavation Decision Board (EDB) for approval. As luck would have it, the EDB was meeting within a few weeks of the report being issued. At that meeting, the EDB approved BOTH sites for excavation. That is Great News!!!
HOWEVER, CURRENTLY SAN IS NOT ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 OPERATIONS PLAN FOR EXCAVATION, AND THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP.
THERE IS A GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT SAN'S NAME CAN BE ADDED TO THE 2016 EXCAVATION PLAN, BUT WE HAVE TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ADD HIS NAME.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING SUPPORT! WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND ENCOURAGEMENT.
EMAIL YOUR LETTER OF SUPPORT TO BRING SAN HOME NOW!
Just click on the links below to be directed to website contact information page and type in your message
THE SAN D. FRANCISCO AWARENESS
CAMPAIGN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The letter below is in Word format, it is an editable template that you can change to fit your need. Upon your completion, you can copy and paste your letter into the "Question/Comment" area located at the end of the page form on the Department POW/MIA Accounting Agency website. Simple but effective. San is currently not on the Operations Plan for Retrievals for Fiscal Year 2016. Family involvement and public support are two areas in which a difference can be made.
Click on the link below to cut and paste your letter and email your concerns regarding the urgency and commitment the DPAA has to bring Major San D. Francisco's remains home as soon as possible. The newly organized Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency has information correlating to his burial sites. There is urgency in placing San's excavation on the Fiscal Year FY2016 retrievals in North Vietnam.
For those that would rather mail the letter personally, please mail to the address below:
U. S. Department of Defense
The San D. Francisco Awareness Campaign is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Corporation formed by family, friends and colleagues to further research, investigation, and location opportunities that may exist for the retrieval and return of San D. Francisco, and to provide counsel and assistance to families of other American Servicemen who are missing from American conflicts.
San was raised in Burbank, Washington, and attended school in both Burbank and Kennewick schools. San was a three sport athlete (Football, Wrestling and Track) at Kennewick High School, Class of 1962 and played football and wrestled at Central Washington University until 1966.
More importantly, San became a Hero on November 25, 1968, when he volunteered to take a reconnaissance mission knowing he was scheduled for R&R on December 1st.
1st Lt. San D. Francisco and Major Joseph Morrison were shot down while flying a F4D aircraft on a combat mission in North Vietnam. Both men ejected fairly close to each other and 700 meters from a North Vietnamese encampment. Both men established radio contact; however, contact with Francisco was lost within half an hour. The fate of San was clouded until June 2012 when the Quang Binh Province in North Vietnam became open for American investigations.
2012/2013 Investigative Reports by the Department of Defense have revealed North Vietnamese who witnessed that day; both San’s legs were broke upon landing and he was captured by a North Vietnamese Youth Army Ground Command. While being taken to captivity, American combat planes descended on the area; San was hit by bomb fragments and was buried where he fell. Additional witness reports from North Vietnamese sources, actual detailed maps and eye witnesses to the burial, indicate his remains are located on Route 20, Kilometer 54 in the Quang Binh Province in North Vietnam. Aging witnesses (70’s to 84) and constant environmental changes to the terrain add urgency to retrieving San’s remains.
San gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country; he deserves to be brought home to American soil NOW. Investigative and retrieval efforts to this point have been challenged by bureaucratic changes, budget cuts, and general lack of concern for the families affected.
San gave his life for all Americans......... and the American promise is “No Man Left Behind”.
For much more information on San D. Francisco visit P.O.W. Network. org