They were able to arrange for a lift with an older Vietnamese lady who agreed that her driver could take them to Tan Son Nhut after dropping her off at her home. At about 1630 they departed Vung Tao, heading toward Saigon on Route 15. After dropping off the older lady, they continued toward Saigon. However, about a mile southeast of Ap Tham Thien the truck was halted and the four Americans captured by Viet Cong.
The VC disarmed and tied their captives and marched them into the jungle. Two days later, Page and Adams were able to escape. Adams was recaptured at once, and possibly wounded as well. Page was able to evade recapture and by 4 November had made his way to the Tam An Special Forces Camp. Search and rescue efforts were begun immediately but to no avail - the other three men could not be located.