Scott Douglas Ketchie
Captain, United States Marine Corps
Name: SCOTT DOUGLAS KETCHIE
Date of Birth: 8/19/1947
Date of Casualty: 4/9/1972
Home of Record: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Casualty Country: LAOS
Casualty Province: LZ
KETCHIE, SCOTT DOUGLAS
Name: Scott Douglas Ketchie
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project with the assistance of one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews: 15 March 1990. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.
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The Defense Intelligence Agency further expanded Ketchie's classification to include an enemy knowledge ranking of 2. Category 2 indicates "suspect knowledge" and includes personnel who may have been involved in loss incidents with individuals reported in Category 1 (confirmed knowledge), or who were lost in areas or under conditions that they may reasonably be expected to be known by the enemy; who were connected with an incident which was discussed but not identified by names in enemy news media; or identified (by elimination, but not 100% positively) through analysis of all-source intelligence.
Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified material have reluctantly concluded that there are still hundreds of these men alive today.
Although the Pathet Lao stated on several occasions that they held "tens of tens" of American prisoners, not one American was ever released that was held in Laos. Laos was not part of the peace agreements ending American involvement in Southeast Asia, and the U.S. has never negotiated for these prisoners since that time.
It is not clear what happened to Scott D. Ketchie on April 9, 1972. According to a list composed by the National League of Families of POW/MIA in Southeast Asia, Scott Ketchie survived the crash of his aircraft. Perhaps he was killed by enemy fire upon ejection.
Scott D. Ketchie was postmously promoted to Captain. Although his remains have yet to be recovered there is an "In Memory Of" stone placed in his memory in Arlington National Cemetery.
Posted: 11 June 2008