Remains Identified. 2010

Name: Samuel Eugene Hewitt
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/E2
Unit: L/3/9 3 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 26 February 1948
Home City of Record: WALKERTON IN
Date of Loss: 23 March 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 155700 North  1081700 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Other Personnel in Incident:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.



                             PROJECT X
                        SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE




RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: When last seen PFC Hewitt was alive and in good
health. No correlated reports of death have been received since his

REFNO: 0286 20 Apr 76

1. On 22 March 1966 PFC Samuel Hewitt was a rifleman with Co L, 3d
Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment in South Vietnam. His unit had been on
patrol prior to this date, and was at this time in a relatively secure area
for a rest. Because of a defect, PFC had turned his weapon into the armory,
and had borrowed his squad leader's M-79 grenade launcher, stating that he
was "going to see somebody." (It was mandatory that a weapon be carried at
all times.) At about 1800 hours PFC Hewitt was seen going toward the
vicinity of the latrine, and it was assumed that he was going to take a
slower as he had a towel with him. The latrine was located about 50 meters
from the perimeter wire. PFC Hewitt had no assigned duties during the day
of 22 March, however, he was assigned to a listening post for that night.
PFC Hewitt could not be located at 1900 hours 2 and at 1930 hours, (22
March), and on 23 March a search of the company area was conducted without
success. It was learned through investigation that PFC Hewitt was a "loner"
and had a tendency on previous occasions to wander away from his squad. His
unit reported him missing on 23 March 1966. (Ref 1)

2. JCRC was -unable to develop any additional leads or information on this
case. This individual's name and identifying data were turned over to
Four-Party Joint Military Team with a request for any information
available. No response was forthcoming. PFC is currently carried in the
status of Dead, Body Not Recovered.


1. RPT (U), 3rd Marine Division, 1 Apr 66.

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UPDATE:  November 3, 2010



AMERICAN IDENTIFIED:  There are now 1,707 Americans listed as missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. 
On November 2nd, the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) posted the news that the remains of one US Marine had been
recovered.  He has now been identified as SSgt Samuel E. Hewitt, USMC, listed as MIA in South Vietnam from a
ground incident that occurred March 23, 1966.  His remains were recovered June 24, 2010, and identified
September 20, 2010, with notice just released by DPMO with the family’s agreement.  Several others have been
identified, but not yet announced by DPMO as they are awaiting family notification by the Service Casualty Offices. 
 The number of Americans returned and identified since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 876;
another 63 US personnel, recovered post-incident and identified before the end of the war, bring the total to 939. 
Of the 1,707 Americans POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War, our unreturned veterans, 90% were lost in Vietnam
or in areas of Laos and Cambodia under Vietnam’s wartime control
Vietnam – 1,306 (VN-478, VS-828);
Laos – 335; Cambodia – 59; Peoples Republic of China territorial waters – 7.  Over 450 are considered over-water losses.



Salute to Marine ends Vietnam-era mystery
Akron Beacon Journal
The answer miraculously arrived in October when the Joint POW MIA Accounting Command called. Sgt. Hewitt's remains were found. He was coming home. ...



Remains of Vietnam POWs-MIAs identified

Howes and Hewitt were last two from Starke County

January 4, 2011

KNOX -- For more than 40 years, Chief Warrant Officer George Andres "Andy" Howes and Staff Sgt. Sam Hewitt were missing in Vietnam.

Now, in an amazing coincidence, the remains of last two Vietnam POW-MIAs from Starke County have been identified just three months apart.

Hewitt's remains were identified last fall and were buried in a ceremony attended by about 500 in October in Medina, Ohio, where his mother and sister now live.......