Name: WO1 Patrick Douglas Erb
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/25/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 18 days later on 03/15/1971.
Age at death: 21.7
Date of Birth: 07/07/1949
Home City: Sylmar, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 174 AHC, 14 CAB
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 70-29
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-048
Short Summary: Crashed in an LZ near LZ Scotch during Lam Son 719 on 02/25/71 with Steven R. Burch - burned and died in japan 03/15/71 of pneumonia.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15403
Call sign: Dolphins
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 10/17/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Unknown Province
Military grid coordinates of event: XD934585
Additional information about this casualty:
My name is Theresa Erb (Wilson). I am Doug Erb's sister. I thought I would let you know that you have Doug's birthdate wrong.... He was born July 6, 1949. NOT July 7, 1948.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
Burial information: ETERNAL VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK, NEWHALL, CA
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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