SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service 101st Airborne Division 25 year old Married, Caucasian, Male Born on May 08, 1948 From FAIRMONT, MINNESOTA His tour of duty began on July 02, 1970 Canualty was on Febuary 06.1974 in THUA THEIN, SOUTH VIETNAM Hostile, died wile missing GROUND CASUALITY Body was not recovered Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Additional data from: POW/MIA Minnesota Won't Forget PO Box 11782 St Paul, MN 44111-1782 (612) 888-0221 Name: Stephen James Harber Rank/Branch: Specialist 4/E4 U.S. Army Unit: Company E, 2nd Batt., 506 Infantry, 101st Division Date of Birth: 08 May 1948 Home City of Record: Fairmont, MN Date of Loss: 02 July 1970 Country of Loss; South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162525N 10771150E (YD335172) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Other Personnel in Incident: Lee N. Lenz, Roger D. Sumerall, both killed
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SYNOPSIS: At 0400 hours on 2 July 1970, SP4 Harber, a member of a unit set up in a night defensive position in Thua Then Province, South Vietnam about 25 miles west south west of the city of Hue, South Vietnam, when an unknown sized enemy force attacked.
SP4 Harber occupied a position with Sgt Lenz and SP4 Sumerall. Their position was hit by numerous rocket propelled grenades(RPG), satchell charges, mortars and small arms fire. After the attack, at daybreak, a search was made for the unaccounted for personnel. The remains of Sgt Lenz and Sp4 Sumrall were found, but there was no trace of SP4 Harber. He was listed as Missing in Action.
Harber's family waited until the end of the war with no word of Stephen. When the 591 American prisoners were released from Vietnam in 1973, Harber was not amoung them, and the Vietnamese denied any knowledge of his fate.
Examination of intelligence reports indicate there was more than one prison "system" in Vietnam. Those prisoners who were released were maintained in the same system. If Harber was captured and keep in another system, the POWs who returned would not have know.
Whether Harber survied to be captued, or is still alive, is not known. What is certain, however is that as a nation, we are guilty of the abandonment of over 2,000 of our best and most courageous men. We cannot forget and must do everything in our power to bring these men home.Copyright \\ P.O.W. Network - registered to Minnesota Won't Forget