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Department of the U.S. Navy


Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5)


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George Robert Weaver, Jr.

Branch / Rank:
U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5)

Mine Squadron 11, MSB-54, Detachment A, 

Date of Birth:

December 02, 1938 (Philadelphia PA)

Home of Record:

Lancaster, PA

Date of Loss:

November 01, 1966

Country of Loss:

South Vietnam

Loss Coordinates:

103658N 1064552E (XS994758)

Status (in 1973):

Killed/Body Not Recovered





Other personnel in incident:

(none missing)


Source:  Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.


Engineman Petty Officer 2nd Class George R. Weaver Jr. was assigned to Mine Squadron 11, Detachment ALFA. On November 1, 1966, the minesweeper he was aboard hit a mine and sank in the Long Tau River south of Nha Be, South Vietnam. Petty Officer Weaver was forward below decks at the time of the explosion, and the entire forward section of the boat was destroyed. No identifiable remains were recovered.

It was believed at the time that Weaver could not have survived, and he was placed in a category of Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR). Further, it was determined that his remains were non-recoverable.

Weaver is listed among the missing because his remains were not found. Others who are missing do not have such clear-cut cases. Some were known captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards. Some were in radio contact with search teams, while others simply disappeared.

Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Detractors say it would be far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains.

Well over 1000 first-hand, eye-witness reports of American prisoners still alive in Southeast Asia have been received by 1990. Most of them are still classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?

Honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
Panel 12E - - Line 9

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Assignment Info

"Mine clearance forces also were essential to the security of Vietnam's waterways. Nowhere was this more crucial than on the rivers near Saigon, the country's most vital port. Viet Cong mining of the main shipping channel, the Long Tau River, which wound its way through the Rung Sat Special Zone south of the capital, could have had a devastating effect on the war effort. Consequently, on 20 May 1966, the Navy established Mine Squadron 11, Detachment Alpha (Mine Division 112 after May 1968) at Nha Be, under Commander Task Force 116. From 1966 until mid-1968, the minesweeping detachment operated 12 or 13 minesweeping boats (MSB) reactivated in the United States and shipped to Southeast Asia. The 57-foot, fiberglass-hulled vessels were armed with machine guns and grenade launchers and carried surface radars and minesweeping gear for clearing explosives from the key waterways. The Navy also deployed three-boat subordinate units to Danang and Cam Ranh Bay. Detachment Alpha's strength increased in July 1967 when the first of six mechanized landing craft (LCM(M)) that were specially configured to sweep mines arrived at Nha Be."

-- as quoted from By Sea, Air, and LandChapter 3: The Years of Combat, 1965-1968

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The above photo depicts the type of vessel that George crewed.

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