BARLOW ROSS OWEN
Name: WO1 Ross Owen Barlow (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/20/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.3
Date of Birth: 02/24/1946
Home City: San Benito, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 116 AHC, 269 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-9
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 55W-004
Short Summary: Single gunshot through the head (temple to temple) while extracting B/1/508 101 ABN. Flying chalk 10 ready to go home. IP for new CP.
Call sign: Hornet 25?
Service number: W3156726
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Gunshot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 08/11/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
Ross Barlow was the Slick Unit IP and was scheduled to DEROS, his bags were packed, we had given him a going away party in the O Club the night before. If I remember correctly we were not scheduled a mission for the next day. However, B/1/508 101st Abn. were in the field and scheduled for a PZ with the 187th AHC. Apparently they felt as though the VC/NVA were following them back to the PZ point and the C&C tasked the 116th to assist . There were going to be two PZs but the time between the two left the last PZ vulnerable to the force that were shadowing them so we were scrambled at the last second to make the second lift as soon as the first was clear.
We had just received some new pilots and Ross elected to fly his last mission giving the FNG his in-country ride. As was our policy that ride was normally conducted in the chalk 10 or trail position. First lift out was without incident. The Hornets were on final when chalk 10 of the Crusaders cleared the LZ. Our policy in the 116th was for the Guns to follow the trail A/C at a distance that would provide the lead gun to observe the touchdown and still be in a position to provide suppression if necessary. The second and third gun maintained a position that best suited the weapon system they were carrying being able to cover the flight and the lead gun etc. I was flying team lead that day and when I passed over the flight on the PZ the flight lead had reported they were down, negative fire received and I made my normal break Left to set up a race track over the PZ. If the loading was without incident I would be inbound to the PZ as the flight was departing. There was no fire reported again. The flight departed the PZ and the expected next radio call would be chalk 10 telling lead he was out w/ 10 negative fire received. However there was no call and chalk 10 remained in the PZ. I broke back to see what the trouble was and suddenly the new PP came on the net stating his pilot had been shot, there was other traffic at that point but that is the important stuff. The A/C departed and I stayed on the PZ expending the team even though we never saw the sniper. Ross was shot through the temple and survived for some time at 93 Surg.
From: Pat Ronan
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Church of Christ
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
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