Synopsis of the After Action Report (AAR) for the disappearence
William B. Hunt*
William B. Hunt was a replacement platoon leader III CTZ Mike Force (Detachment A-302), 5th Special Forces Group. On November 3, 1966, he was a passenger on a helicopter with an assigned mission in Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam (grid coordinates XT 418 657). During their flight the helicopter was diverted to conduct a MEDEVAC for an American lead company that had suffered heavy losses.
At a landing zone 15 miles north east of Tay Ninh, Hunt was lifted into battle to help evacuate the wounded. He voluntary left the aircraft to help reinforce the remaining troops (of China Boy 3, a Nung Company of Chinese mercenaries) on the ground, as the MEDEVAC left with the wounded.
China Boy 3 was repelling continuous attacks from superior VC forces. The Viet Cong again attacked China Boy 3s defensive position, but were unsuccessful. The enemy withdrew during the evening of November 4th, but maintained sporadic contact throughout the night. Early the next morning the VC attacked the defensive position in force. While the Company Commander, SFC Heaps, was requesting additional support and reinforcements over the radio, he was severely wounded. Hunt saw this and immediately went to his aide, dressing Heaps's wound and taking over the radio. As Hunt was reporting the current situation he was also shot. The bullet entered his left shoulder, exiting below his right rib cage. Both men fell and passed out, as the ferocity of the VCs attack reached its climax. They were stripped by the enemy and left for dead.
Both Hunt and Heaps regained consciousness and began a tortuously slow movement to a landing zone. Each man would pass out periodically and the other would have to wait while his comrade regained consciousness. Finally Hunt told Heaps to go on without him. Hunt sat down, leaned against a tree, and passed out for a final time. SFC Heaps left one Nung with Hunt and with the second Nung in tow moved to the landing zone for help. The first Nung caught up with Heaps at the landing zone, saying "Hunt dead, Hunt dead". Heaps and the two Nungs were evacuated. But unfortunately, Heaps was unconscious for a day and couldn't help the recovery effort. When a search was conducted to recover the body, Hunt was not found.
In 1985 a private citizen obtained a lengthy report through the Freedom of Information Act in which a Vietnamese defector described in great detail a Prisoner of War camp near Hue, South Vietnam. Together with the report was a list of Americans the source positively identified as being held at the camp. William Hunt's name is on the list. Although the report has been substantiated by returned POW's who were held there, the U.S. Defense Department has declared that the defector is a liar, and has discounted his report.
The defector's report is one of over 10,000 received by the U.S. that has convinced many people that hundreds of Americans may have still been alive as prisoners in Indochina at the war's end. As long as doubt remains, and soldiers are still listed as MIA, there will be organizations that will pursue the evidence, gather the facts, and strive for the truth.
Name: William Balt Hunt
Rank/Branch: E6/US Army 5th Special Forces
Unit: Detachment A-302
Date of Birth: 31 July 1935
Home City of Record: Sandpoint ID
Date of Loss: 04 November 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 106203N 1063538E (XT418657)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Compiled by Homecoming II Project on 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
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