MAJ Robert W Barber was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/15/1978 at the age of 47.6 from A/C accident
Corvallis, OR
Date of Birth 05/27/1930
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HMM-161 in 64-65, HMM-161 in 68-69
This information was provided by Robin J. Barber (daughter)

More detail on this person: My father, Robert W. Barber, USMC, served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot (HMM-161). He retired as a MAJ and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery (27 May 1935-15 January 1978).

My father's tour dates were approximately 1964-1965 and 1968-1969. I know one location was DaNang but I do not remember the other. I believe on one tour he flew the CH-46 (Chinook) but a different helicopter on his other tour. My brother would probably know more but is not available at this time, but if you have any questions, I will refer them to him.

We were living in Corvallis, Oregon. He was killed in a small plane crash near Medford, Oregon while getting ready to take the Oregon bar exam. He went to law school after he retired and was licensed in New York and California, but wanted to move to Oregon, so we did.

Essentially the recently installed and put into operation Sam's Valley beacon gave false passages and directed him into the side of the mountain.

All kinds of misconduct by Medford tower, including not telling him the beacon was giving false passages 45 minutes earlier and canceling his IFR flight plan. We were not sorry when Reagan fired the controllers shortly thereafter!

From: Robin J. Barber, Lieutenant, USCGR

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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