TABB, ROBERT ERNEST

Name: Robert Ernest Tabb
Branch/Rank: UNITED STATES ARMY/E6
Unit:  A/7/17 CAV
Date of Birth:  4 April 1945
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 12-April-70
Country of Loss: SOUTH VIETNAM
Loss Coordinates: 144630 North  1073905 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH1A #16634
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1593

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  Updated with information from JJ-M - VHPA 2017.

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Subject:   Update information on POW Robert Ernest Tabb
Date:   Tue, 1 Aug 2017 00:48:22 +0000 (UTC)
From:   Justin Jackson-Mann 

 

https://www.vhpa.org/KIA/panel/battle/70041420.HTM  gives the description of how he was taken prisoner and who was lost with him.  His unit was the A/7/17 CAV

 
A/7/17 CAV 
Incident reference: 70041230.KIA 
This information is available on CD-ROM. 

 
Kontum Province, II Corps, South Vietnam Location, Hill 763 Description: A/7/17th Cav reported returning to the Hill 763 area and reopening the search for the missing crew, from the OH-6A lost on the 12th. On the first pass, the Scouts received only light fire so the Blues were inserted. Because of heavy fire and direct hits on some of the Lift ships, only 14 men made it into the LZ. They began to work their way to the crash site, only to find the pilot dead and the observer missing. They came upon a bunker and an AA weapon being manned by the NVA. They quickly silenced the weapons and killed all the occupants of the bunker. The pilot's body was immediately flown back to the base camp. 

 
Note the pilot was CPT Gus Robinson and the Observer was SP4 Robert Tabb. Tabb was captured by the NVA and released in 1973. 

 
Comments: CPT Robinson, Gus Blakely; pilot; KIA OF; SP4 Tabb, Robert Ernest; observer; POW; 

 
The source for this information was A/7/17 history by WO1 Charles E. Smith III
 

 
http://www.vhpa.org/KIA/K11691.HTM info for Captain Gus Blakely Robinson (for other person involved in the incident) who was killed during the action that resulted in Tabb's capture and at the Virtual Wall at http://www.virtualwall.org/js/Profile.htm
 
 
The helicopter he went down in was an OH-6A Cayuse tail number 67-16634.
https://www.vhpa.org/KIA/incident/70041230KIA.HTM