Last Known Activity|
Cappelli was flying southwest of Hanoi in Hoa Binh Province as part of an
expanded Rolling Thunder program when his plane was hit and went down.
Cappelli was observed ejecting and his parachute looked normal. That was the
last anyone knew of Charles Cappelli for the next 21 years.
When the war ended in 1973, 591 Americans were released from North
Vietnamese prisons, but Cappelli was not one of them. In fact, there are
nearly 2500 who remain missing.Cappelli's family understands that he did not simply disappear.
NOTE: In December 1988, the Vietnamese returned the remains of Charles
Cappelli to U.S. control. These remains were positively identified by May
1989, at which the return was publicly announced. The Vietnamese held these
remains, or held Cappelli for just over 21 years.