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Name: Therman Morris Waller
Rank/Branch: E4/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 09 February 1943
Home City of Record: Wynne AR
Date of Loss: 03 February 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates:
163000N 1064000E (YD008434)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C123C
Refno: 02248

Other Personnel In Incident:
 James L. Carter; Edward M. Parsley;
 Wilbur R. Brown; (all missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II
Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources,
 interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.


SYNOPSIS: The Fairchild C123
"Provider" was a night attack system/transport
aircraft based on an all-metal glider
 designed by Chase Aircraft. The
airplane's C123B prototype first flew
 on September 1, 1954. The C123B, in
the hands of a group of airmen who
 called themselves "The Mule Train" became
the first transport to see Vietnam service.
 The C123B transports were soon
joined by UC123Bs of the
 now-controversial Project Ranch Hand
which sprayed
pesticides and herbicides over Vietnam,
 including Agent Orange.

The Provider, particularly in camoflage
paint with mottled topside and light
bottomside, resembled an arched-back
 whale suspended from the bottom
midpoint of huge dorsal wings. Like
 other transports, the Provider proved
its versatility during the Vietnam
 war. The C123 also dispensed flares to
illuminate targets for fighters or
tactical bombers, and were dubbed
"Candlestick" when they served in this capacity.

On February 3, 1966, a C123C
 Provider aircraft with a crew of four,
including its pilot, Capt. Wilbur R. Brown,
 and crewmembers James L. Carter,
SGT Edward M. Parsley and
 SGT Therman M. Waller, was assigned
 a mission on
the border of Laos and South Vietnam
 about 10 miles southwest of Khe Sanh.

During the mission, radio contact was l
ost with the Provider and its
whereabouts or those of the crew
 were never determined.

In April 1969, a rallier identified a
 number of photographs of missing
Americans as men he believed to have
been captured. Wilbur Brown was among
those the rallier selected. CIA questioned
 the identification as no returned
POWs reported having seen any of
the Provider crew in POW camps. It should
be noted, however, that it is now
widely believed that more than one prison
system existed in Vietnam, and that
prisoners in one were not mingled with
prisoners from another. (Also, given
 the location of the crash, the
possibility exists that the crew, if
captured, may have been taken by Pathet
Lao forces. No Americans were ever
released that were held in Laos.)

The mission flown by the C123 lost
 on February 3, 1966 is not indicated in
public records. It is known that "Candlestick"
 missions, dispensing flares
to illuminate targets for fighters or
tactical bombers, was very effective
against truck traffic in Laos, except in
 those areas where anti-aircraft
defenses became too formidable. It it
 possible that the C123C might been on
a "Candlestick" mission.

Brown, Carter, Parsley and Waller were
 declared Missing In Action by the
U.S. Air Force. They are among nearly
2400 Americans who are unaccounted for
from the Vietnam war. Experts believe
there are hundreds of these men still
alive today, waiting for their country
to come for them.

Whether the missing men from the
Provider lost on February 3, 1966 are among
those still alive is not know. What is
certain, however, is that the U.S.
has a moral and legal obligation to do
everything possible to bring home
those who are alive.

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