LEE, WILLIAM ROBERT

Name: William Robert Lee
Rank/Branch: W1/Army
Unit: 
Date of Birth: 26 June 1947
Home City of Record: Virginia Beach, VA
Date of Loss: 01 January 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: THUA THIEN Province
Status (in 1973): not noted PMSEA
Status in 2009: Added to PMSEA as Died in Captivity, remains returned.
Category: 
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: 
Refno:  10589
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Falcon Delgado, died in captivity, remains returned. 
William H. Babcock, Jr., escaped/rescued.

Source: Compiled by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2010.

REMARKS: ADDED TO PMSEA IN 2009; HOSTILE DIED WHILE MISSING per CACCF.

SYNOPSIS:  
Babcok's entire story took place in one 24 hour period on 1/31/68 when he was shot down, captured and escaped.
He was captured and held briefly by the enemy on the first day of TET 1968 when his gunship was downed by heavy 
ground fire near Hue.  

His co-pilot and one of his two other crewman was killed.  They had fought as long as they could until basically 
running out of ammo. Reportedly, the VC set fire to the aircraft.  
One of the “slicks” saw the smoke and attacked the group of VC that were holding Babcock and the crew.  They were
rescued at that point and Babcock and his other crewman were saved.

Lee and Delgado's remains were believed to have been recovered in February of 1968. Lee was single, Delgado married 
at the time of their loss.