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RYKOSKEY, EDWARD JAY

Name: Edward Jay Rykoskey
Rank/Branch: E3/US Marine Corps
Unit: L/3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
Date of Birth: 11 May 1946
Home City of Record: Carlisle PA
Date of Loss: 18 August 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 160338N 1081218E (AT819613)
Status in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

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

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Edward Rykoskey graduated from Carlisle High School
in 1964, and joined the Marine Corps rather than wait to be drafted.
The second year of his enlistment was to be spent in Vietnam,
where he was shipped early in 1966.

On August 18, 1966, with four months of his tour left,
Edward served as the radio man for a reconnaissance patrol
consisting of four men which went out in the Da Nang area.
Returning to Da Nang, the patrol was ambushed. Three men
survived, and reported that Edward Rykoskey did not.

Search parties were sent out to find Rykoskey's body, but after
three or four days, they stopped looking.

Edward was originally classified Killed In Action, status changed
to Missing In Action, and later back to Killed in Action.

Whether Edward lived or died that day in August 1966 will not
be known for certain until there is proof positive of his
death or survival. The U.S. and the Vietnamese have yet to
determine the formula which would successfully resolve
the questions that linger about the nearly 2500 Americans who
did not return from the war in Vietnam.

Tragically, there have been over 10,000 reports received concerning
Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, many in captivity.
While the rest of America tries to forget the war in Vietnam,
these men, and their friends and families cannot.

We must bring them home. They are America's sons.




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I didn't know Edward Jay Rykoskey before our family adopted him as an MIA. But, isn't that so symbolic of the whole MIA tragedy? Even those who are involved, however marginally, in the MIA cause know very little of the people whose cause they champion or the heartache that their unknown fates have caused their families to endure.

This IS a Just Cause. It is something in which all Americans of good will should become involved. Please follow the above links to see how you too can become involved in Operation Just Cause.

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