Unit: VMA 121, MAG 12Date of Birth: 04 August 1934Home City of Record: Peoria, Illinois
Loss Coordinates: 150500N 1085100EStatus: Missing in ActionAircraft: A4E
Harold Alwan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1956. There he was involved in ROTC and graduated as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps with an engineering degree. He decided to make his career as a Marine pilot and served on bases in Quantico, VA and Cherry Point, NC before he was assigned to Vietnam.
On February27, 1967, Harold was on a one-man, one-aircraft mission when his plane disappeared over South Vietnam. Harold's family was given three locations of loss, two over land and one over sea. where his plane went down. The Pentegon was not sure, having no witnesses, what happene and where.
For three days, however, a distress beeper was heard. Harold's was the only plane missing in the vicinity, and his family is certain the beeper was his.
HIs family identified a prisoner of war in Hanoi from a Christmas propaganda film released by the Hanoi government. The U.S. Goverment identifiedthe same photo as a returned POW (although they declined to give his name), yet later provided the same photo to Harold's family as an unidentified POW who was never released from Hanoi.
Harold's family hopes that he died in the crash of his plane in 1967. They cannot endure the thought that he has been held prisoner all these years knowing he was willingly abandoned by the country he so proudly served.
Since 1968 I have worn the bracelet of Harold Alwan a Marine and boy from my home state. For over 33 years I have held him close in my heart, thoughts and prayers. "A Marine never leaves another Marine behind." Like his family I will never be at peace or rest until Harold is accounted for and comes home!