DEAN, CHARLES Remains returned, See below.
Name: Charles Dean Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: Date of Birth: 05 April 1950 Home City of Record: Loss Date: 10 September 1974 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 181251N 1073308E Status (in 1973): none) Category: 1 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Other Personnel in Incident: Neil Sharman
Source: Compiled by from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2004.
SYNOPSIS: Charles Dean and his Australian companion, Neil Sharman were aboard a boat enroute to Thakhek, Laos, in early September 1974 when they were captured by the Pathet Lao at Ban Pak Hin Boun.
Numerous reports indicate that they were subsequently held in the Kham Keut area of central Laos. Reliable information indicated they were alive in that area as of February 1975.
Diplomatic efforts to obtain information from the Pathet Lao about the two have been unsuccessful. Although Dean was captured after the cessation of hostilities in Laos, his name is included on the list of the missing because he is an American on whom the Pathet Lao should have information.
[r1994.97] PROJECT X SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE
NAME : DEAN, Charles, Civilian, Tourist
OFFICIAL STATUS: DEAD, BODY NOT RECOVERED
CASE SUMMARY: SEE ATTACHED
RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: Source reports indicate that at Mr. Dean was in fact detained by the Pathet Lao. There have been no correlated reports of his death subsequent to the many reports Mr. Dean's. detention.
REFNO: 1994 2 Apr 76
(C) CASE SUMMARY
1. (C) On 5 September 1974 Mr. Neil Sharman, an Australian tourist, and Mr. Charles Dean an American tourist, departed Vientiane Laos. They had planned on traveling by road from Vientiane to Paksane, and from there by boat to Thakhek. On 13 September the U.S. Agency for International Development Area Coordinator in Savannakhet , (Laos), received a report that Mr. Sharman and Mr. Dean were overdue. Subsequent information from Laotian sources indicate that on 6 September 1974, Mr. Sharman and Mr. Dean while traveling from Paksane to Thakhek by boat, experienced. difficulties with Neo Lao Hak Sat., (AKA: Pathet Lao), authorities at Hinboun, located in the vicinity of grid coordinates (GC) VE 585 466. At this time they were taken into custody. It is reported that they were held first at Ban Thong Lom, in the vicinity of (GC) VE 380 910, and then four days later moved to a Pathet Lao Police Compound. A review of aerial photography indicates that this camp may be located in the vicinity of (GC) VF 704 157. There are reports that in December 1974 Mr. Sharman and Mr. Dean were moved from this camp, reportedly to Sam Neua, Laos. However, later information places them in the camp located in the vicinity of (GC) VF 699 156 as late as 23 February 1975. (Ref 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5)
2. The US and Australian Embassys in Vientiane made repeated and determined efforts to secure the release of Mr. Sharman and Mr. Dean. Summaries of the incident, subsequent intelligence reports, and photographs of the two men were handed over to high-ranking members of the Laotian Government with requests for assistance. All efforts were unsuccessful, as the Neo Lao Hak Sat authorities consistently denied knowledge of the incident. and the men concerned. Mr. Sharman is currently carried in the status of Captured, and Mr. Dean is currently carried in the status of Dead Body Not Recovered.
1. RPT (U), Chronology of events, undated.
2. MSG (C), Det 5, 7602 AINTELG, 010610Z Nov 74.
3. MSG (C), USDAO Vientiane, 260240Z Nov 74.
4. MSG (C), DIA Wash D.C., 182107Z Dec 74.
5. MSG (C), Det 5, 7602 AINTELG, 120603Z Mar 75.
1. Neil Sharman 1994-0-01
2. Charles Dean 1994-0-02
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---------------------- 02/07/02 Vt. Governor to Seek Brother's Remains
By CHRISTOPHER GRAFF .c The Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -
...Nearly 30 years later, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is seeking his brother's remains. In another step in his family's long and painful odyssey to unravel the mysteries behind the capture and death, he will travel next week to a remote section of Laos where the body is believed to be buried....
National League of Families POWMIA UPDATE May 17, 2004
POW/MIAs - VIETNAM WAR: According to DoD, there are now 1,859 Americans listed as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War: 1,418 in Vietnam, 378 in Laos, 55 in Cambodia and 8 in PRC territorial waters. Over 90% of all Americans missing from the Vietnam War were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia under Hanoi's wartime control. Since the last Newsletter, seven Americans have been announced as accounted for:
Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack W. Brunson, USA, KIA/BNR, Laos, 5/31/71, RR 5/29/03 Major Ralph L. Carlock, USAF, KIA/BNR 3/4/67, LA, RR 10/26/02 CPL Kenneth L. Crody, USMC, KIA/BNR 7/11/72, SVN, RR 8/29/00 Mr. Charles Dean, Captured 9/10/74, LA, RR 11/26/03 SSGT Dennis W. Hammond, USMC, POW 2/8/68, DIC 1970, RR 1989 SSGT Jerry W. Hendrix, USMC, KIA/BNR 7/11/72, SVN, RR 8/29/00 Captain Raymond H. Hetrick, USAF, KIA/BNR 2/24/66, LA, RR 7/10/01