Bringing Heroes Home

$12,669 of $73,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 41 months
Rosie Zwaduk
on behalf of Terri Francisco-Farrell

The Vietnam War resulted in the deaths of 58,303 Americans, and 300,000 wounded. 

Sadly, there are still 1,620 U.S. Servicemen still listed as “Missing In Action (MIA).”  (There were 1,627 missing when we began this campaign.)

“Bringing Heroes Home” is our mission to do just that—to actively utilize our talents, skills and passion to help bring home/bring closure to the families of all those brave Americans who gave their lives, but who are still unaccounted for.

This is but one story…

Meet Terri.  Terri is the younger sister of
1st Lt. San D. Francisco.

Lt. Francisco and Major Joseph Morrison were shot down while flying a F4D aircraft on a combat mission in North Vietnam on November 25, 1968.  Department of Defense reports have revealed some vital information about that tragic day:  both men ejected from their aircraft and landed fairly close to each other, but they were 700 meters from a North Vietnamese encampment.   Immediate radio contact was established with both pilots, but contact with Francisco was lost within half an hour.  It has been reported by witnesses that both of Lt. Francisco’s legs were broken upon landing, and he was immediately captured by a North Vietnamese Youth Army Ground Command.  While being taken to captivity, American combat planes descended on the area, and bomb fragments hit San.  He died and was buried where he fell.

While this story is tragic in and of itself, what is even more heartbreaking is that Lt. Francisco and Major Morrison’s remains are still in Vietnam.  For over 47 years, The Francisco Family has been battling the bureaucratic red-tape required to bring Lt. Francisco home.  Through four decades of empty promises, communication breakdowns, scandals and corruption, constant management changes, and a woefully long list of “reasons,” the one thing that remains constant is that San is still not home, and the family still doesn’t know why.

San’s case has been investigated 32 times, with positive identification of the crash site, the pilots, and multiple eyewitnesses have identified the burial sites of both pilots.  Remarkably, the U.S. government still has not recommended the retrieval of Lt. Francisco and Major Morrison’s remains.

Your donation will help fund a documentary film that will chronicle one family’s journey through the bureaucratic obstacles, disappointments, heartbreaks, and struggles to bring one brave American home for a proper burial.  What happened to San?  Why has there been a 47-year battle to get him on the retrieval list?  What issues keep coming up?  What are the obstacles?  Why can’t we bring him home? 

We will be documenting Terri's difficult but persistent and relentless journey, by not only hearing her story, but also traveling to Vietnam to understand the many facets and obstacles to bringing San home.  We will document San's life, Terri's struggle, the politicians and military bureaucracy who have promised to help, and some who have neglected or ignored her many pleas for help.  Ultimately, our goal is to take Terri to Vietnam and to have her stand at the exact location where her brother is allegedly buried...and ask the ultimate question:  "Why can't we bring our heroes home?" 

This story is not just about Lt. San D. Francisco, but about account for and bringing back all of the 1620 still listed as Missing In Action from the Vietnam War.  This is the story of too many families who have felt the same pain, the same anguish, the same hope, and the same hole left in their hearts when their loved one has not been returned home.  We ask these questions, not just for San, but also for all of the brave Americans who are still Missing in Action.

Every sitting President has promised the American people that there will be “No Man Left Behind.”  This is a promise that continues to remain unfulfilled. 

Bringing Heroes Home is dedicated to highlighting these stories and, ultimately, bringing all of our heroes home.  They made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and we believe it is our sacred duty to fulfill the No Man Left Behind promise.

Please donate today.  Thank you.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to "The San D. Francisco Awareness Campaign" and mail to:  San D. Francisco Awareness Campaign, 1305 W. 42nd Avenue, Kennewick, WA. 99337

Please include your mailing address and reward level.

The San D. Francisco Awareness Campaign is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Corporation.


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We remember them All this Memorial Day...

And Daily, we work to bring them all home.
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UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! (From Terri Francisco-Farrell)
I attended the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Family Update in Seattle on Saturday, March 19th. This is a regional meeting that allows families the opportunity to communicate with Government officials regarding their case. I was met by the Director of DPAA, Michael Linnington, with a handshake, a smile and he knew my name. Impressive!!! Usually you would only see this at the Yearly meeting in Washington DC. Each family meets with their Analyst and their Military Air Force Casualty Officer.
During my 1-on-1 meeting with my DPAA Analyst and Air Force Casualty Officers, IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT MAJOR SAN D. FRANCISCO'S TWO BURIAL SITES WILL BEGIN THE PROCESS OF EXCAVATION IN 2016!!! Prayers have been answered!!
I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of my Analysts, whom have produced a very thorough analytical document that spanned decades of witness accounts, coordinates and investigations to present San's case again for consideration for 2016 retrieval. The newly formed DPAA organization has strengthened family communication and opened doors that in the past were closed.
I will get another update in June at the Annual Meeting, this process does not happen quickly; excavation, DNA of any remains retrieved and reporting all take time. It could be several months or next year before closure. San's journey is not done until he is home!!!!
This could not have happened without the support from everyone who reads and shares this page and for those that have helped support the financial aspects of attending meetings, speaking to groups and starting the campaign that has brought awareness to San's retrieval as well as the 1624 that are still Missing In Action in Vietnam and the over 83,000 from all American Conflicts.
The process has begun, let's all pray we bring another Hero Home!

THANK YOU ALL for your Thoughts, Prayers, Donation, Sharing, and all other means of support. While we’re not done, we have a lot to be Thankful for. THANK YOU!!
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Do you have five minutes to bring a Hero Home?

The Link below is the latest update on local TV Station KAPP/KVEW in Kennewick. You can make a difference by spending a few minutes of your time to send the letter on , Your name will be on a list of those who want San and the 1624 that are still Missisg In Action in Vietnam brought home. A small task to make a big difference to bring these men home!!!!

Please help Terri to bring closure to San's journey by donating to the fund to help her get to North Vietnam to witness the two burial sites and to Thank the North Vietnamese government for their efforts in finding and interviewing those that were present on November 25, 1968. PLEASE HELP SAN COME HOME!!!
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Good Day All:

Been a bit busy this week, here are some of the articles and news interviews that were done for Veteran's Day

This was aired tonight on the local news channel KNDU NBC-it is a streamed video so hopefully it will play for everyone........if not I posted it on San's FB page: Operation: Bring San Home also
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Rosie Zwaduk
39 months ago

Thank you for looking at our project and supporting it, by donation, by sharing this story, or both. Thank You!

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$12,669 of $73,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 41 months
Created July 31, 2015
Rosie Zwaduk
on behalf of Terri Francisco-Farrell
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Dan & Beverly Johnson
30 months ago (Offline Donation)

Dan & Beverly went to school with San at Kennewick High School

Kennewick High School ROTC
30 months ago (Offline Donation)

Kennewick High School was where San Graduated. KeHS is one of only a few high schools around this area that have ROTC. I joined them and we worked hard pre-selling tickets for a Car Wash. KeHS ROTC donated half the proceeds to Bringing Heroes Home after hearing of San's Story and other Vietnam Servicemen Missing In Action that need to be brought home. I was privileged to meet such an Honorable Group of Young Men and Women!!!

Patricia Cleavenger
33 months ago

Come on, Americans, let's bring our soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us, home.

Rotary Club of Lakewood Washington
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Lakewood for supporting Bringing Heroes Home! 39 Still Missing In Action in Washington State, Let's Bring Them Home!!!

35 months ago (Offline Donation)

Catalina Rotary in Tucson, Arizona!! After presentation, Joe walked up and handed the Campaign the money, a true humanitarian and Veteran supporter!!!! Thank You Joe!!

Shari VanEnkevort
36 months ago

San was our brother-in-law. We also dearly want him to be brought home as soon as possible.

Larry R. Meachem
36 months ago (Offline Donation)
Diane & Richard Jalovec
37 months ago (Offline Donation)
William & Joyce Becker
37 months ago (Offline Donation)
Rosie Zwaduk
39 months ago

Thank you for looking at our project and supporting it, by donation, by sharing this story, or both. Thank You!

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