Final Mission of CPL Robert W. Hunt
Posted on 6/1/14 - by firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 28, 1968, CPL Robert W. Hunt was a member of an M-41 tank crew in combat with hostile forces in Hoc Mon, a suburb of Saigon. He was last seen standing on the tank when it took direct hits from two rocket propelled grenades. The next day friendly forces recovered the bodies of two tank crewmen, but there was no sign of Corporal Hunt. He was declared missing. In January 1973, the Provisional Revolution Government reported the death of PFC James J. Scuiter while in captivity. However, PFC Scuiter's remains were located and recovered from the scene of the combat where Corporal Hunt was declared missing. It was believed that the PRG had misidentified the remains. Corporal Hunt was declared dead/body not recovered in September 1978. He was not identified alive in the Vietnamese prison system. In 1975, U.S. interviewers located a former soldier from the People's Army 84th Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. He described himself as the individual who had fired the rocket propelled grenades which disabled the M-41 tank and stated that an African-American had been captured on that date (CPL Hunt was African-American). Since 1985, U.S. intelligence has received several reports about an African-American killed in action and buried in the Hoc Mon area. While not identified as CPL Hunt, these reports are similar to the location and circumstances pertaining to his loss. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
SYNOPSIS: Robert W. Hunt was a gunner on an M41 Tank assigned to Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. On February 28, 1968, his unit was engaged in a reconnaissance in force mission just north of Saigon in South Vietnam.
The enemy launched an attack with rocket propelled grenades and heavy automatic weapons fire just after the tank commander had stopped to check the ID of an indigenous person. During the assault, the tank received two direct RPG hits.
Hunt was seen standing in the rear of the tank just prior to the assault. Because of heavy fighting, the area was not secured until the next day, and the tank could not be immediately checked for survivors. When search teams went into the area the following day, Hunt could not be found.
Lost the same day at the same coordinates on ground was James J. Scuitier. His name disappeared from the lists of missing by September 1978, but there is reference to his name in Hunt's files from Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC). JCRC files indicate that both Hunt and Scuitier were captured, but the Army has nothing on file to indicate that Hunt was captured.
The Vietnamese stated that Scuitier died in captivity, and although his name is no longer on the lists of missing, no record can be found of remains being returned that can be identified as his. According to the Army, Scuitier was captured in March 1968 and died in March 1968. Other casualty records show that Scuitier died in February 1968 while on board the tank. Other files indicate that remains identified as those of Scuitier were returned in February 1968. Finally, a cryptic data remark states "730127 PRG SAYS DIC" which could either mean that the Vietnamese stated on January 27, 1973 that Scuitier had died in captivity, or that the Vietnamese stated that he died on January 27, 1973.
Like many of the POW/MIA cases, there are frustrating discrepancies in those of Hunt and Scuitier. It is little wonder that many POW/MIA family members have learned to suspect information given to them by the government about their missing man.
The U.S. Government seems to believe that all Americans left behind in Indochina are now dead. Critics wonder if that is the case, why are the over 10,000 sighting reports still classified? Why are the complete files of the men who are still missing denied to their families? What happened to Robert Hunt and James Scuitier? Are they dead - or alive?
RIP. I miss you.
I knew and served with Robert W. Hunt. He was a good man and a fine soldier
Nov 24, 2011
Dwight W. Birdwell
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Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W. Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Aug 31, 2007
4742 Copeland Island Drive West Mobile AL 36695 USA
Uncle Robert, Hi, it's me, Cathy. I'm your sister Geraldine's daughter. I know that by now you and Mother have seen each other again, being that she left ten years ago, so I hope that she mentioned to you that although I never got the chance to meet you, I've loved you all my life. I grew up looking at the portrait mother kept of you on the living room wall, and I always felt like your beautiful, green eyes were watching over us. I was born on Veteran's Day in 1963, and I know that there was a special reason for it. I am so very proud of you, Uncle Robert. I know that crying does no good, and that I won't meet you here in this life, but I also know that we will, one day, meet. When mother left, I was so sad, but even to this day, I try to remember that she was reunited with you and Grandfather and Grandmother, and that I should be happy for her. Will I ever know what happened to you? Probably not, but that doesn't matter now, just rest and know how many people love you and miss you. I carry you in my heart, my Hero. I am so very proud to be your niece. I Love You, Uncle Robert, Cathy
Jun 2, 2007
Classmate, Friend & Fellow Soldier
4810 Velpoe Drive
Columbus, Ga 31907 USA
I will never forget you and the sacrifice you gave. I know and experienced the hardship in the battles you fought. You are my HERO. SFC Leonard I. Evans, Oct 1967-Oct 1968 Co A 2nd Bn 22nd Inf (Mech) 25th Inf Div
Saturday, February 05, 2005
A grateful American
There is no doubt that this MAN was a HERO, I too was born in Beckley W.Va, Im sorry I didnt know him but I will always hold his name in my heart.
Friday, November 07, 2003
Mr. Anderson's History Student
2000 Sam Houston Dr.
Arlington, Tx 76014 USA
My Adopted MIA
Platoon Sergeant Robert W Hunt. My name is Lucy Vigil I'm a junior at Sam Houston High School in Arlington,Tx. as part of a class assignment in Vietnam MIA'S, I learned your story and shared it with my classmates. I learned of your sacrifice and will remember you.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
FELLOW SOLDIER 25TH INF.
2555 MIDDLE WAY
EASTON, PA18040 USA
NOT FORGOTTEN HERO
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, HERO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. DOUG, CO.A, 222ND MECH. INF., 25TH INF. DIV. 1968
Monday, August 16, 2004
Grateful American Citizen
Thank you, SFC Hunt!
Was browsing the wall this morning and found this very special man! Didn't have the honor of knowing SFC Hunt, only wish I had. He completed 10 tours of duty in Vietnam and was 6 months into the 11th tour. While many others were defecting to Canada, burning their draft cards or remaining in school, this hero answered the call of an ungrateful nation time and time again, knowing the odds were greatly stacked against him. Can't even imagine having courage and character like that! Noticed his body was never recovered. How tragic, as his family and friends have not had closure. I pray in Jesus' name that he will be found and positively identified in accordance with: Matthew 10:26 "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, and hidden, that shall not be made known." I pray that his family and friends will have healing and closure and learn all the details concerning his disappearance in accordance with: John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." ~Amen~ He gave his life 34 years ago today defending the freedom of a total stranger, that's a noble thing! Thank you, my heros. I stand in awe of your courage!
Saturday, August 31, 2002
Always in my heart, Uncle Robert
It's me, Geraldine's daughter. I never got to meet you, but I love you just the same. I think of you often.
Posted by: Cathy
Relationship: I am SFC Hunt's niece
Monday, May 30, 2005
have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.
We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
Posted by: Candace Lokey
Sunday, February 16, 2003
The Hunt's & Washington's Hero
My name is Vernal Washington. I am the nephew of Robert. He left behind two daughters, a wife, sisters, and brothers, and a mother. We all love him and think of him a lot. My children will know of him.
We Love you, Uncle Robert.