El Paso Herald-Post
Saturday, June 27, 1964
////////////////////MISSING VIET NAM////////////////////
FAMILY AWAITS WORD OF SERGEANT
What was the fate
of Sgt. Ist-C Isaac Camacho?
The Army lists him simply as "missing" somewhere in South Viet
Nam. His family in El Paso wonders and waits, but they have some
doubts that he is still alive.
SERGEANT CAMACHO is among 17 American servicemen who have
vanished while on active duty in war-torn South Vietnam. He is
the son of Mrs. Mike Elorreaga, of 5100 Orleans Ave., and a
graduate of Jefferson High School.
He was reported missing after the Viet Cong attacked his Fifth
Special Forces camp in Viet Nam last Nov. 24. His mother was
notified by telegram.
THE DEFENSE Department recently abandoned attempts to
distinguish in its weekly casualty reports between those listed
as missing and those listed as captured. The department’s
official explanation is that it wishes ‘to minimize the
probability of misunderstanding’ in a kind of guerrilla war
where, if the men are prisoners, it cannot be determined where
they are held.
Vague Communist broadcasts and what the Pentagon describes as
'peasant rumors,’ suggest some of the missing men are moved
frequently from place to place, and are occasionally paraded
through Red-held villages by their captors.
THE LACK OF information as to the missing men's whereabouts
makes it extremely difficult to initiate action through
diplomatic channels to secure their release, or to take steps to
free them through military action. Their chances for survival
are not considered good. Of the five cases where it was
definitely determined that American servicemen were captured in
South Viet Nam three of the men involved were later released by
the Communists and two died while in captivity.
The missing men include 11 Army officers and enlisted men two
Marines and four airmen who may have survived plane or