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Name: COL Robert Lee Sowers
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/27/1972 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 49.2
Date of Birth: 02/14/1923
Home City: Richmond, IN
Service: regular component of the U.S. Air Force.
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 01W-008
Short Summary: Flying a VNAF Huey trying to lift out a small FAC aircraft via cable when it broke and flew into the rotors causing the crash.
Aircraft: UH-1H
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Started Tour: 06/28/1971
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: *
Location: Phong Dinh Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: WR210835

Additional information about this casualty:
The crash happened when he tried to lift a small FAC aircraft out of the boonies via a cable or harness. As has happened more that once in such a situation the cable snapped and flew up into the rotor. Killed with him was a Viet B/Gen.

From: Tom Garcia

Colonel Sowers was my commanding officer from October 1971 until his death in April 1972. I remember the first day I met him as well as that fateful day he left the headquarters office a little early to recover a downed aircraft. Having such respect and admiration for him, it was more than I could take being part of the few men who gathered his personal belongs to pack and be shipped home. He was very well liked and respected by all who served under him. Every April 27th I honor him and recall the days serving with him. To this day I still talk of him to friends and relatives. It was indeed an honor to serve with him.

From: James Meadows, September 2018

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: no religous preference
This record was last updated on 09/16/2018

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