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COL James Nicholas “Nick” Rowe

COL James Nicholas “Nick” Rowe

Birth
McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Death 21 Apr 1989 (aged 51)
National Capital Region, Philippines
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 48 lot 2165-A map grid Q/25.
Memorial ID 20727 · View Source
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Colonel was the author of "Five Years to Freedom" POW Vietnam (Escaped 1968). Killed by Communist guerrillas in Manila,Philippines on April 21,1989. The Viet Cong kept James N. ''Nick'' Rowe in a bamboo cage in Vietnam's Mekong Delta for five years, but they couldn't break his spirit with a constant barrage of propaganda and daily death threats. Instead, hooded gunmen in the Philippines took the life of the 51-year-old Army colonel. Rowe was shot to death as he drove to work at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group headquarters outside Manila. In the fall of 1963, Rowe, then a first lieutenant in the Special Forces serving as an adviser to South Vietnamese irregulars, was captured by Viet Cong guerrillas in the Mekong River delta. He was held in jungle camps, from which he tried repeatedly to escape. Word reached U.S. intelligence officers that he was known to his captors as ''Mr. Trouble.'' For much of his captivity, he was held in a bamboo cage and allowed to venture only 40 yards during the day. He busied himself chopping firewood and setting traps to capture small animals to supplement his diet of rice and fish. Rowe finally escaped from his cage on New Year's Eve, 1968 - and was nearly killed by U.S. forces who thought the black-pajama-clad Special Forces officer was a Viet Cong. He had sighted a U.S. Cobra helicopter and ran into a clearing, signaling for help. The first impulse of the men in the helicopter was to shoot the man, because he was dressed like the Viet Cong. But Army Major Dave Thompson ordered the men to hold their fire because he wanted to take him prisoner. Rowe was only one of 34 Americans who escaped captivity during the Vietnam War.


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  • Added: 3 Mar 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL James Nicholas “Nick” Rowe (8 Feb 1938–21 Apr 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20727, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .