Arroyo-Baez, Gerasimo, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
91B40-Senior Medical NCO/Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1972, 91B10, POW/MIA
Service Years
1950 - 1972
Foreign Language(s)
Spanish

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Maunabo, PR
Last Address
Maunabo, PR

Casualty Date
Aug 22, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Puerto Rico National Cemetery - Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W 025 / PLOT Section J Site 21

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 Unit Assignments
Surgical/Evacuation Hospital Units25th Medical Battalion1st Battalion, 14th Infantry RegimentU.S. Army
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACVPOW/MIA
  1956-1959, 91C20, 32nd Surgical Hospital
  1966-1967, 91B10, 25th Medical Battalion
  1967-1967, 91B10, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1968, US Army Medical Training Center (Student) Fort Sam Houston, TX
  1968-1969, 91B40, MACV Advisory Team 49
  1969-1972, 91B10, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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Casualty Occurence: See Below:

SFC Arroyo-Baez had a long and disctinguished career in the Army. Sergeant First Class Gerasimo Arroyo-Baez, United States Army, was captured and held as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from March 24, 1969 until his death in captivity on or about August 22, 1972.

For a full biography, see:  http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1429
   
Comments/Citation

SFC Gerasimo Arroyo-Baez and MAJ Richard L. Bowers, two U.S. advisors, two other Americans and a number of ARVN personnel were on duty at Tam Soc operating base in Ba Xuayn Province, near Saigon. The base personnel awoke early on the morning of March 24, 1969, to find the unit under attack by what was estimated to be a company-sized Viet Cong force and a heavy weapons sections using mortars, automatic weapons, small arms and B-40 rockets. Richard Bowers was heard on the radio calling for help when the radio went dead.

A relief force was sent out to help. When it arrived, all the Vietnamese defenders of Tam Due Operations Base were found dead, along with two Americans. Bowers and Arroyo-Baez, the American advisors, were not to be found.

A Vietnamese civilian who had been captured and later escaped stated that Bowers and Arroyo-Baez had been taken prisoner, dressed in black pajamas, and were seen being led off into the jungle. Numerous intelligence reports were received concerning two U.S. POWs fitting the descriptions of Bowers and Arroyo-Baez, that were seen by ARVN and VC personnel at different times and locations after their capture, some conflicting.

A Vietnamese who was captured and escaped stated that Arroyo-Baez was alive but that Bowers had been shot the day of capture. The combination of the most credible reports indicate that Bowers and Arroyo-Baez were captured during the battle, but in the confusion were able to escape. They were located by the Viet Cong, however, on the same evening. The next day, a VC guard killed Bowers after he had again attempted to escape. After it was determined that Bowers was dead, the guard and Arroyo-Baez departed with the rest of their group and were forced to travel a number of days by foot and sampan.

The files of Bowers and Arroyo-Baez are still classified. SFC Gerasimo Arroyo-Baez's name appeared on the "Died in Captivity" list provided by the Provisional Government of Vietnam in 1973, and it was stated that he died in captivity August 22, 1972. Fourteen years later, in March 1985, the Vietnamese "discovered" the remains of Arroyo-Baez and returned them to the U.S.
   
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