Mark Fransen, Jr.
Rank/Branch: E4/US Navy
Unit: Commander Coastal Division
Date of Birth: 09 November
1944 (Clinton OK)
Home City of Record: Las
Date of Loss: 02 July 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over
Loss Coordinates: 125029N
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body
Boat (PCF 87)
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 30 April
1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government
agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published
SYNOPSIS: Engineman Petty Officer Third Class Albert M. Fransen,
Jr. was assigned to Commander Coastal Division 15. On July 2, 1969,
he was onboard a swift boat (PCF-87) which was conducting harassment
and interdiction fire about 50 miles south of Qui Nhon, South Vietnam,
when the boat was hit by an 81mm mortar round.
Petty Officer Fransen was killed by wounds inflicted by the mortar.
Navy information provides no further details of the boat or the
rest of the crew. It only states that Fransen could not be found.
He was listed Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR).
Petty Officer Fransen is listed among the missing because his body
was never located to return home for burial. There is no doubt that
he is dead. He is among over 3000 Americans who were prisoner, missing
or unaccounted for when the war ended.
Others who are missing do not have such clear cut cases. Some were
known to be captives; some were photographed as they were led by
their guards. Some were in radio contact with search teams, while
others simply disappeared.
Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted
with those who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast
Asia, and several million documents have been studied. U.S. Government
experts cannot seem to agree whether Americans are there alive or
not. Distracters say it would be far too politically difficult to
bring the men they believe to be alive home, and the U.S. is content
to negotiate for remains.
Over 1000 eyewitness reports of living American prisoners were received
by 1989. Most of them are still classified. If, as the U.S. seems
to believe, the men are all dead, why the secrecy after so many
years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to keep pushing this
issue inside the Beltway, the need to get specific answers is more
important now than ever before. If still alive, some MIAs are now
in their 70s, they don't have much time left. We have to demand
the answers from the bureaucrats and keep standing on their necks
(figuratively speaking) until they get the message that THEY work
for US and that we are serious about getting these long overdue
responses. Diplomatic considerations aside, we can no longer allow
questionable protocols established by pseudo-aristocratic armchair
strategists, to determine or influence the fate of the men who were
in the trenches while the diplomats were sharing sherry and canapés
and talking about "Their Plans" for the future of SE Asia.
to help bring our men and women home.
The family of Albert Fransen
has the right to know where he is. Where are our missing.
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