Concord, NC

Name: Franklin Harlee Canup, Jr.
Rank/Branch: E5/US Navy
Unit: Mine Squadron 11 Detachment ALFA, MSB-14
Date of Birth: 02 June 1928
Home City of Record: Concord NC
Date of Loss: 14 January 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 102633N 1065735E (YS145549)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: MSB 14
Refno: 0565
Other Personnel in Incident: (crew - see text)

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: 01 January 1990. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.


SYNOPSIS: Petty Officer Franklin H. Canup Jr. was one of four crew members assigned to Mine Squadron 11, Detachment ALFA. On January 14, 1967, Canup and his crew departed onboard their vessel, MSB-14 to tour areas in southern Gia Dinh Province in the Delta region of South Vietnam.

That same day, during the early morning hours, MSB-14 was rammed and immediately sunk by a merchant ship, the MUI FINN, at the mouth of the Long Tau River. A search commenced within minutes after the collision for survivors, however, Canup and the crew were not found. The minesweeper was lifted for salvage on January 19 and it was learned that no personnel were trapped inside. Canup and the crew were initially placed in a casualty status of Missing in Action, and later changed to Reported Dead on January 25, 1967.

U.S. Navy narratives of the loss of Franklin H. Canup do not list the names of the crew of MSB-14, but it is assumed that their bodies were later located, as none of them are currently missing. From the collision of MSB-14 and the MUI FINN, only Canup remains unaccounted for.

Canup was listed as killed, body not recovered. He is among nearly 2500 Americans who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam war. The cases of some, like Canup, seem clear - that they perished and will never be recovered. Unfortunately, mounting evidence indicates that hundreds of Americans are still captive, waiting for the country they proudly served to secure their freedom.

In our haste to leave an unpopular war, it now appears we abandoned some of our best men. In our haste to heal the wounds of this same war, will we sign their death warrants? Or will we do what we can to bring them home?

Source: POW Network