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Name: COL Patrick Hardy Wood
Status: Remains were returned on Jun 2017 from an incident on 02/06/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 36.0
Date of Birth: 01/23/1931
Home City: Kansas City, MO
Service: regular component of the U.S. Air Force.
Unit: 38 ARRS DET 5
Service: U.S. Air Force.
The Wall location: 15E-001
Short Summary: In North Vietnam. See Kibbey.
Aircraft: HH-3E tail number 65-12779
Country: North Vietnam
MOS: 1025E = E Pilot, Helicopter, CH/HH-3 Helicopter, CH/HH-3
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: *

Additional information about this casualty:
On June 21, 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of Colonel Patrick Hardy Wood, missing from the Vietnam War, had been identified. Colonel Wood, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Missouri, served with the 38th Air Rescue Squadron. On February 6, 1967, he was the pilot of an HH-3E helicopter carrying three other crew members on a recovery mission over North Vietnam. The downed aviator was located and pulled aboard the helicopter, but as the helicopter was leaving the area it was hit by ground fire and crashed, killing Col Wood. A search and rescue team was dispatched to the area and found one survivor, but could not recover Col Wood's remains or the other men who were aboard the helicopter. However, In 2015, representatives from the Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons interviewed a Vietnamese civilian in possession of human remains. He guided them to the crash site, where additional remains were recovered. DPAA scientists used DNA analysis to identify the remains of Colonel Wood. Colonel Wood is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
This record was last updated on 02/09/2019

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Date posted on this site: 11/13/2023

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