BABCOCK, WILLIAM H. JR. Name: William (Bill) H. Babcock Jr. Rank/Branch: Army Unit: 67-68 B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV Callsign: SABER 25 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Sita, AK Date of Loss: 01 January 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): not noted PMSEA Status in 2009: Added to PMSEA as Captured, Escaped. Awarded POW medal by DoD in 1998. Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Falcon Delgado, died in captivity, remains returned. William Robert Lee, died in captivity, remains returned. Source: Compiled by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2010. REMARKS: ADDED TO PMSEA IN 2009 SYNOPSIS:
Babcock'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.