Updated: 05/17/2014 6:04 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
It's hard to believe but a Minnesota man could still be a prisoner of war in Laos nearly 50 years after the Vietnam War ended.
David Hrdlicka was a graduate of St John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1952 and his career path led him to the United States Air Force. Eventually he was posted to Vietnam and on May 19, 1965 David's fighter jet was shot down in combat.
His wingmen watched as he safely parachuted to the ground. Apparently alive and well, he was immediately captured by enemy forces. What has happened since is in dispute.
Various US Government reports have listed him as Missing in Action, Prisoner of War and even Killed in Action.
But when Jason Davis tracked David Hrdlicka's wife Carol down at her home in rural Kansas she says she is convinced her husband is still alive and remains a prisoner of war.
Carol Hrdlicka has devoted her life to finding out what happened to David. She says it's probable that he has a wife and family in Laos or Vietnam after all these years but she still wants to discover the truth.
David's classmates and his old school haven't forgotten him either. To this day a special MIA flag is flown at the entrance to the school to keep his memory alive.