Frank David Moorman
Sergeant, United States Army
Frank David Moorman was born on September 8, 1948 and joined the Armed Forces while in Clifton, New Jersey.
He served in the United States Army, and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Frank David Moorman is listed as Missing in Action.
Sergeant Moorman was subsequently recovered
and was buried in Section 46 of Arlington National Cemetery along with
Sergeant Robert Lee Luster.
MOORMAN, FRANK DAVID
Remains Returned 27 January 1969, ID'd 23 February 1976
Name: Frank David Moorman
Other Personnel in Incident: Robert
L. Luster, William R. Henderson (both
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01
April 1991 from one or more of
REMARKS: REMS REC 690127, IDD 760222
SYNOPSIS: MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command,
Vietnam Studies and
On December 19, 1968, PFC Robert F. Scherdin was the assistant team leader of a MACV-SOG reconnaissance patrol in Rotanokiri Province, Cambodia, near the border of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The team leader, suspecting enemy activity, had taken four members of the team to check out the area. The rear element, with Scherdin in charge, came under heavy automatic weapon fire as they were moving up to the leader's position. Montagnard soldier Nguang in this element, saw Scherdin fall on his right side and tried to help him stand up, but Scherdin only groaned and would not get up. Nguang was then wounded himself and realized that he had been left by the other three Vietnamese of the rear element, whereupon he left Scherdin and joined the rest of the unit.
The team leader and his element were extracted a short time later, then the rear element was extracted, except for Scherdin. The team leader had been informed that Scherdin had been wounded and because of the tactical situation, had to be left behind. Scherdin was not seen again.
On December 30, a platoon was inserted into the area to search for Scherdin, but had to be extracted because of heavy enemy activity. In January, 1969, the rear element of the original team was also reinserted and remained four days. They died in a helicopter crash shortly after their extraction. They had not been questioned by the investigation board, and it is not known if they located information concerning Scherdin.
There are only three Americans missing who
are associated with the loss of a
According to Luster's wife, the remains were
subsequently buried in a mass grave. She does not accept the identification
of her husband. Further, Mrs. Luster states that one of the team "walked
off the plane in 1973" (was a released POW). According to all available
public records, only Luster, Moorman and Henderson were classified missing
from this incident, and no released POW went missing that day.
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 27 June 2003