Click here for more information about this incident

Name: CPT Barry Mercer Straw
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/05/1971 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.1
Date of Birth: 01/28/1944
Home City: Panorama City, CA
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 180 ASHC, 268 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-40/69-44
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 04W-026
Short Summary: Mid-air with ROKA O-1D, crashed and burned.
Aircraft: CH-47C tail number 67-18518
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Mid-Air
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: 08/31/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BR934209
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Seventh Day Adventist
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995

This information is available on CD-ROM.

Additional information is available on KIAs at

Please send additions or corrections to: The VHPA Webmaster Gary Roush.

KIA statistics

Return to the Helicopter Pilot KIA name list

Return to the KIA panel date index

Date posted on this site: 11/13/2023

Copyright © 1998 - 2023 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association