Full Accounting for Australian Servicemen Not Recovered From Viet Nam sign now

Wednesday, 16th February, 2005.

1. Your petitioners wish to point out that during the Viet Nam War, 1962 to 1972, SIX Australian servicemen were either killed in action or went missing in action, and were presumed dead. Their bodies were not recovered during the War or subsequently. The names and status of these men are as follows:

o Richard Harold John PARKER: Missing in Action 8 November 1965, for official purposes presumed dead.

o Peter Raymond GILLSON: Killed in Action 8 November 1965, body not recovered.

o David John Elkington FISHER: Missing in Action 27 September 1969, for official purposes presumed dead.

o Michael Patrick John HERBERT: Missing in Action, 3 November 1970, for official purposes presumed dead.
o Robert Charles CARVER: Missing in Action 3 November 1970, for official purposes presumed dead.

o John Francis GILLESPIE: Killed in Action 17 April 1971, body not recovered.

2. Your petitioners wish to point out that although the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii has files on each of these cases, they are not under active investigation by the US authorities at this time.

3. Your petitioners wish to point out that Parker, Gillson, Herbert and Carver were killed while operating in Australian units under the direct operational control of American formations at the time they were lost.

4. Your petitioners wish to point out that FOUR of the SIX cases have been investigated by a group of concerned citizens and comprehensive reports covering the loss incidents and related events over the intervening years have been produced. Copies of these reports have been passed to the Australian government. In TWO of the cases, a number of potential in-country witnesses have already been identified. For ONE other case, as a result of in-country investigation in February - March 2004, the loss incident location has been pin-pointed, whereas previously the precise location had been unknown. A specific report on this investigation has been passed to the Australian government. (Relevant details regarding these SIX cases can be found at http://www.austmia.com)

5. Your petitioners wish to point out that further in-country work is required to fully account for these men either by recovering identifiable remains or by providing sustainable evidence to prove that such remains are not recoverable; and, considering the circumstances and the evidence that is available, the Australian government could reasonably request the support of the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command to carry out further in-country work in conjunction the government of Viet Nam in respect of these SIX servicemen.

6. Your petitioners therefore ask the Senate to call on the Australian government to formally request the assistance of the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command to fully account for these the SIX Australian servicemen as listed above.

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