Name: Eric Parker Brice
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Unit:  Fighter Squadron 33
Date of Birth: 06 April 1943
Home City of Record: ROCKY MOUNT NC
Date of Loss: 04 June 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 184459 North  1061259 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4J #155554
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1201

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.  2020



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On June 4, 1968, an F-4 Phantom II (bureau number 155554, call sign "Root Beer 204") with a crew of two launched from the aircraft carrier USS America (CVA 66) on a strike mission over North Vietnam. As the Phantom pulled away from its target, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, damaging the controls and causing both throttles to freeze at full power. The pilot took the Phantom over the Gulf of Tonkin, and told the radar intercept officer to eject, which he did. The aircraft then went out of control and hit the water before the pilot ejected. The aircraft disintegrated on impact in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q  XF 282 734. Searchers found only debris, and no sign of the pilot or his body. 

Lieutenant Eric Parker Brice, who joined the U.S. Navy from North Carolina, served with Fighter Squadron 33 aboard the USS America (CVA 66). He was the pilot of the Phantom when it crashed in the Gulf of Tonkin, and his remains were not recovered. Today, Lieutenant Brice is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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