Missions in Laos was established for a few purposes: to assist you with planning a trip to Laos because of your connection to someone who is MIA (missing-in-action), to maintain awareness of MIA U.S. service members recovery efforts, and to offer humanitarian aid to villages in Laos. You may have a desire to travel to Laos because of a connection to the Vietnam War and specifically “The Secret War in Laos” by your relationship to a loved one who served and was or is still MIA, Maybe you are a veteran who served in this war and has an interest in returning to Laos.
The background of Missions in Laos began while looking into a past mission. Susan who is the founder of Missions in Laos has spent years researching a USAF pilot MIA in Laos since 1969. She has a POW-MIA bracelet for over 50 years with the pilot’s name and date of loss…
“Lt. Col. Carter Luna, 3-10-69” inscribed on it.
In furtherance of her present day research Susan became acquainted with Chris Corbett, owner/operator of Lao Adv Tours in Luang Prabang, Laos. In March 2023 she hired Chris as her driver/guide during her third trip to Laos.
With Chris’ knowledge of the Savannakhet Province they were able to find the last known position of Colonel Carter Luna
when he became MIA in Laos on 10 MAR 69.
For details on Susan’s MIA research and trips to Laos please visit: www.susankcrosby.com
an excavated crash site of a U.S.A.F. plane
While traveling through a remote area of the Savannakhet Province along with a translator, Chris and Susan also visited two crash sites. These sites had been excavated and the remains of two USAF pilots were later identified and ultimately repatriated to the U.S.
During the tour Chris and Susan had discussions about how they might be able to interact with and assist family members of service members still MIA in Laos.
For details about “Mission: Tours” please click here.
For decades there have been ongoing investigations and recovery efforts including successful recoveries and identifications of MIA service members in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
For details about “Mission: MIA Recovery” please click here.
Mission in Laos believes it is important to offer humanitarian aid in Laos villages. The past has affected the present day lives of people in Laos villages, and has an influence on their future.
It is our intention to help the people, to the extent we can, in these villages to have a better quality of life in the short and long term.
For details about “Mission: Adopt a Village” please click here.
Susan has taken hundreds of photographs during her trips to Laos including U.S. military aircraft crash sites, local villages and the people who live there, and photos specifically related to Colonel Carter Luna.
We invite you to visit the “Photo gallery” page by clicking here.
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I am returning to Laos in March and I will again visit the village of Kok Mak which is close to where Colonel Luna was last known alive. To learn more about my experience in the village in 2023 & be part of my humanitarian support effort I have created a
Go Fund Me account. This supports my goal of
“Mission: Adopt a Village”.
This is the link to the page where the details of this effort are explained:
UPDATE: The donations have surpassed my initial goal and subsequent goals. I am grateful for the support I am continuing to receive to provide humanitarian support to the people in Kok Mak, Laos. I will purchase food, water, supplies for the village and will be able to assist another nearby village in the same manner.
2023- Susan in Kok Mak, Laos
A SPECIAL HONOR WHEN…
Susan was invited to be the guest speaker on Veterans Day 2023 at a reunion of Vietnam War A-1 Skyraider pilots. This is a link to the recently posted video of the presentation on YouTube.
(apx. 1 hr. 20 min. in length)
To ask questions, make comments, receive additional information please complete the
“Contact us” form by clicking here.
You may also e-mail Susan at: [email protected]
OVER 1,500 REASONS TO CONTINUE TO SEARCH
1,578 1,577 MIA service members UNACCOUNTED-FOR from the
as of DECEMBER 2023*
285 MIA service members UNACCOUNTED-FOR in LAOS from the
as of AUGUST 2023**
THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE STILL
UNACCOUNTED-FOR FROM THE VIETNAM WAR,
AND SPECIFCALLY IN REMEMBERANCE OF:
COLONEL CARTER P. LUNA
KIA/BNR (killed-in-action/body not recovered)
10 MAR 69
Savannakhet Province near Ban Kok Mak, Laos
“He is the reason that I’ve gone there, he is the reason I will continue to return there.”
*11 are in a “non-recoverable” status
Website designed by: Susan K. Crosby
Photographs by: Susan K. Crosby unless otherwise credited