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.
Aircraft: UH-1
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:
This was a normal combat assault day but we had no contact so it was a relatively relaxed day. Ross was flying chalk 9 and I was trail. Our SOP had trail do the medivacs and resupplies and I can't remember why I had been off on a separate mission (it could not have been a medivac) but as I returned to POL at Cu Chi I heard the C&C calling to say they had experienced a compressor stall and wanted to exchange aircraft with one of the flight. As the current trail they were talking to Ross. I broke in and said I needed Ross to keep flying to check out the new guy and since I had not had day off lately I would let them have my aircraft. Later Ross was killed by what was reported to be a single shot. As I said earlier he was not about to DEROS but had time left. He had just completed training to be the IP by CPT Akridge.

From: Charles T. Marvin, LTC USA (RET)

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
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
This record was last updated on 10/24/2007

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