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Pvt Dewey Alan Midgett

Pvt Dewey Alan Midgett

Chesapeake, Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA
Death 25 Nov 1967 (aged 19)
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 100041173 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... Pvt. Dewey Alan Midgett.
** Could be buried with his parents and grandparents in " Manteo Cemetery-Manteo,North Carolina?).

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 19
Status (in 1973): AWOL
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Dec 29, 1947
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Earl Ray Midgett, (Born Mar.24, 1929 and Died Jan. 14, 2002 in Chesapeake, Virginia)and Mother, Montez M. "Tez" Midgett, (Born July 31, 1932 and Died Sept. 7, 2004 Chesapeake at the age of 72 yrs, Virginia). Two Sisters: Debbie Vaughan and husband Macon, and Diane Finley and husband Mike, all of Chesapeake; two Uncles: Charles Daniels Midgett (FAG #70606698) and wife Mildred of Wanchese and Oscar S. Midgett of Currituck.
Paternal Grandparents: Alexander Wilson Midgett - FAG # 6320778 (1884 - 1935) and Neva Mann Midgett - FAG #6320796 (1895 - 1965).

***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Earl Midgett
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Nags Head Township, Dare, North Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 10
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: North Carolina
Birth Year (Estimated): 1930
Last Place of Residence: Same House
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Neva Midgett F 43 North Carolina - Grandmother (Grandfather is already Dead.)
Son Samuel C Midgett M 23 North Carolina - Uncle
Son Worth Midgett M 17 North Carolina - Uncle
Son Charles Midgett M 14 North Carolina - Uncle
Son Earl Midgett M 10 North Carolina - Your Father
Son Oscar Midgett M 8 North Carolina - Uncle

PVT - E2 - Army - Regular
His tour began on Nov 25, 1967
Casualty was on Nov 25, 1967
Non-Hostile, died missing, GROUND CASUALTY

Body was not recovered
Panel 30E - Line 86

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

On 25 November 1967, Pvt. Dewey A. Midgett was assigned to the 355th Assault Helicopter Company, 145th Combat Aviation Battalion, Phu Hiep Airfield.

Pvt. Midgett was issued a day pass with instructions to return to his unit no later than 1700 hours the same day. When he had not returned by the specified time, his company commander initiated a check of the company area, which included interviewing other soldiers who had also received day passes.

Information was forthcoming that placed Dewey Midgett in the vicinity of the beach earlier in the day. Since the beach was just south of the Phu Hiep Airfield, soldiers easily traveled to and from it.

By the next day, 26 November, no additional definitive information could be generated. The missing soldier was listed Unauthorized Absence (UA) and a report was filed with both the military police and the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID). These steps initiated a formal investigation into Dewey Midgett's disappearance by the CID personnel at Phu Hiep.

Over the next several days, a more in-depth investigation was conducted. This included examining Pvt. Midgett's personal affects. Nothing was found to be missing or out of order. His military record was also examined. It indicated the 19-year-old was a fine soldier with a good record. Further, as part of that investigation a check was made with graves registration and the 91st Evacuation Hospital at Phu Hiep. All agencies had no information about this missing soldier.

At the same time an extensive search and rescue/recovery (SAR) operation employing air, sea and ground assets was conducted along the coastline and out to sea, and throughout the area between the designated recreation beach and Phu Hiep Airfield.

Local villagers were also questioned about the fate of Dewey Midgett, but none could provide any information about his whereabouts. Unfortunately, the US Army was never able to establish the precise circumstances of his disappearance, or establish if he was a legitimate prisoner or victim of foul play.

At the time the search and investigation were terminated, Dewey Midgett's status of Unauthorized Absence was allowed to stand in spite of the fact the US military had no information to either support or nullify it.

Over the years Pvt. Midgett's status and records have been adjusted to reflect the current philosophy of the time. As a serviceman considered Absent Without Leave (AWOL), the US military largely ignored him from the date the CID investigation was completed to the end of the Vietnam War. Further, as a UA, Dewey Midgett was not included with other American servicemen and civilians who were classified as POW/MIAs thereby denying him the legal attention afforded to others who were listed as "unaccounted for."

On 4 February 1980, a status review hearing was held for Dewey Midgett. As with other Americans carried in a legally "live" category, the US Army administratively declared him Killed under a Presumptive Finding of Death based on the passage of time with no new information regarding his fate. By 1983 the Department of Defense chose to include Dewey Midgett's name and related data in the list of prisoners, missing and otherwise unaccounted for.

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Gravesite Details Looking for hometown location of his Headstone.




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  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100041173
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Dewey Alan Midgett (29 Dec 1947–25 Nov 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100041173, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .