Name: Donald Gene Carr 
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army Special Forces 
Unit: Mobile Launch Team 3, Task Force 1 Advisory Group, assigned to USARV 
Date of Birth: 10 December 1938 (East Chicago IN) 
Home City of Record: East Chicago IN 
Date of Loss: 06 July 1971 
Country of Loss: Laos 
Loss Coordinates: 144700N 1071700E (YB460352) 
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action 
Category: 4 
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OV10A 
Refno: 1758 
Other Personnel In Incident: Daniel W. Thomas (missing) 


Source: Compiled 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 in 1998. 

SYNOPSIS: In 1971, MACV-SOG's Command and Control North, Central and South 
redesignated as Task Force Advisory Elements 1, 2 and 3, respectively. These 
titular changes had little initial impact on actual activities. Their 
were still quite sensitive and highly classified. Each task force was 
of 244 Special Forces and 780 indigenous commandos, and their reconnaissance 
teams remained actively engaged in cross-border intelligence collection and 
interdiction operations. The USARV TAG (Training Advisory Group) supported 
USARV Special Missions Advisory Group and was composed of U.S. Army Special 
Forces and MACV advisors. SMAG formed at Nha Trang from former personnel 
B-53, the MACV Rcondo School cadre, CCN and CCS to train the South 
Special Missions Force teams drawn from LLDB and Ranger units. 

On July 6, 1971, U.S. Army Capt. Donald G. "Butch" Carr was aboard an Air 
OV10A Bronco aircraft flown by U.S. Air Force Lt. Daniel W. Thomas when the 
aircraft disappeared 15 miles inside Laos west of Ben Het. 

The aircraft had been on a visual reconnaissance mission over central Laos 
it was lost. Thomas' plane was detailed out of the 23rd Tactical Aerial 
Surveillance Squadron and bore the tail number of 67-14634. 

The Bronco was among the aircraft most feared by the Viet Cong and NVA 
because whenever the Bronco appeared overhead, an air strike seemed certain 
follow. Although the glassed-in cabin could become uncomfortably warm, it 
provided splendid visibility. The two-man crew had armor protection and 
use machine guns and bombs to attack, as well as rockets to mark targets for 
fighter bombers. This versatility enabled the plane to fly armed 
missions, in addition to serving as vehicle for forward air controllers. 

At 1530 hours, Thomas radioed to the Army support facility that he was in 
target area, but that he was unable to observe because of weather 
This was his last known radio contact. Thomas and Carr were due to depart 
area at 1700 hours, and should have radioed then. Search efforts were 
through July 10, with no results. 

A ground reconnaissance team later reported hearing an impact or explosion 
1600 hours on July 6 in their vicinity, but they did not report seeing the 

A source reported that in early July 1971, he had seen an American POW in 
area. The source learned from a guard that the POW was a pilot of an OV10 
had been downed a week prior. This information was thought to possibly 
correlate to either Carr or Thomas. 

Carr and Thomas became two of nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos 
during the Vietnam War. Although Pathet Lao leaders stressed that they held 
"tens of tens" of American prisoners, no American held in Laos was ever 
released. In America's haste to leave Southeast Asia, it abandoned some of 
finest men. Since the end of the war, thousands of reports have been 
indicating that hundreds of Americans are still held captive. 

In seeming disregard for the Americans either held or having been murdered 
the Pathet Lao, by 1989, the U.S. and the Lao have devised a working plan 
the U.S. to provide Laos with humanitarian and economic aid leading toward 
ultimate full diplomatic and trade relations while Laos allows the 
of military crash sites at sporadic intervals. In America's haste to return 
Southeast Asia, we are again abandoning our men. What must Carr and Thomas, 
should they be among those said to be still alive, be thinking of us? 


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