The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the
remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified. They
will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
They are Maj. Jack L. Barker, Waycross, Ga.; Capt. John F. Dugan, Roselle, N.J.; Sgt. William
E. Dillender, Naples, Fla.; and Pfc. John J. Chubb, Gardena, Calif., all from the Army’s 101st Airborne
Division. Chubb will be buried in Inglewood, Calif. on Feb. 18. Barker, Dugan and Dillender will be
buried on April 12 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington. D.C.
On March 20, 1971, Maj. Barker and Capt. Dugan were piloting a UH-1H Huey helicopter,
with Sgt. Dillender and Pfc. Chubb on board. The aircraft was participating in a troop extraction
mission in the Savannakhet Province of Laos. As the helicopter approached the landing zone, it was hit
by heavy enemy ground fire. It exploded in the air and there were no survivors. Continued enemy
activity in the area prevented any recovery attempts.
A refugee in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand showed an identification tag of Pfc. Chubb and a
medallion to a U.S. interviewer in 1986. The medallion was reportedly recovered near the same
general location from an F-105 crash site. However, the location and the aircraft type did not correlate
with the missing aircraft and soldiers.
Between 1988 and 2001, joint U.S.-Lao People’s Democratic Republic teams, lead by the Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted four investigations and three excavations for
these soldiers without positive results. An investigation team surveyed three crash sites in 2002 after
interviewing local villagers from the province. The team recovered a fragment of human tooth and
some crew-related artifacts from one of the crash sites.
In October and November 2004, another joint investigation team excavated the crash site and
recovered additional human remains and crew-related evidence. The wreckage was from a UH-1H
helicopter, and the team found insignia worn by members of the 101st Airborne Division.
The remains included nine fragments of teeth which the forensic anthropologists at JPAC were
able to match with detailed information from medical and dental records.
From the Vietnam War, 1,807 Americans are still unaccounted-for with 364 of those from
Laos. Another 839 have been accounted-for in Southeast Asia with 208 of those from losses in Laos.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703)-699-1169.