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Paul C. King, Jr.
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- Name: Paul Chester King, Jr.
- Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Special
- Unit: C & C Detachment 5th
Special Forces Group
- Date of Birth: 17 March 1949
- Home City of Record: Waltham MA
- Date of Loss: 04 May 1968
- Country of Loss: Laos
- Loss Coordinates: 160218N
- Status (in 1973): Killed/Body
- Category: 2
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
- Other Personnel in Incident:
Paul King was a rifleman and a member of a Special Forces recon-naissance team composed of
2 Americans and 4 indigenous personnel on a combat mission in Laos. During the mission,
the team made contact with an enemy force of unknown size, and maneuvered to an area for
|All attempts to
rescue the team failed because of intense enemy fire. The team remained in that pickup
point overnight, and received sporadic fire from all sides. The next morning, the enemy
intensified their efforts to dislodge the team from the site. During the ensuing action,
King exposed himself while throwing a hand grenade and was hit in the head by large
calibre weapons fire and was killed instantly.
Staff Sgt. Allen, the only survivor of the team stated that he saw King's body lying very
close to that of one of the indigenous personnel. King and the 4 indigenous were killed in
the action. Allen evaded capture and was later ex-tracted. Because of the intense fire in
the area, the bodies of the King and the rest of the team could not be recovered. The area
in Saravane Province remained consistently hostile throughout the war, and it was never
possibile to reenter the area.
Paul King was listed as killed, body not recovered. He is listed with honor among the
missing because no remains were found. His case seems quite clear. For others who are
listed missing, resolution is not as simple. Many were known to have survived their loss
incident. Quite a few were in radio contact with search teams and describing an advancing
enemy. Some were photographed or recorded in captivity. Others simply vanished without a
Nearly 600 Americans were lost in Laos during the war with Vietnam. The Lao communist
faction, the Pathet Lao, stated on several occasions that they held "tens of
tens" of American prisoners, but the Pathet Lao were not included in the Paris Peace
agreements ending the war. As a consequence, no American POWs held in Laos were negotiated
for. Not one American held in Laos has ever been released. They were abandoned to the
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
regularly for updates."
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