MEDARIS, RICK EGGBURTUS

07/09/73 REMAINS RECOVERED

Name: Rick Eggburtus Medaris
Branch/Rank: United States Army/E4
Unit:
Date of Birth: 01 March 1949
Home City of Record: JENISON MI
Date of Loss: 04 November 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 123000 North  1090400 East
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Missions:

Other Personnel in Incident: Other Personnel in Incident: John Anderson,
Richard Bauer, Alfanso Castro, John Payne, Marion Roach all remains
returned 1973.

Refno: 1516

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.

REMARKS:

07/09/73 REMAINS RECOVERED

CACCF/CRASH/NON AIRCREW/KHANH HOA

No further information available at this time.
 

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SSG RICK EGGBURTUS MEDARIS

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On September 5, 1973, the Central Identification Laboratory–Thailand (CILT, now DPAA) identified the remains of Staff Sergeant Rick Eggburtus Medaris, missing from the Vietnam War.

Staff Sergeant Medaris entered the U.S. Army from Michigan and was a member of the 155th Assault Helicopter Company. On November 4, 1969, he was a passenger aboard a UH-1H Iroquois (tail number 68-16057) on a routine administrative flight over central Vietnam. The flight encountered inclement weather while over Lam Dong Province and crashed, killing SSG Medaris. A ground search team was unable to locate the crash site and SSG Medaris' remains could not be recovered at the time. In 1973, U.S. investigators located the crash site and recovered personal artifacts, aircraft wreckage, and human remains, and were able to identify SSG Medaris from these remains.

Staff Sergeant Medaris is memorialized in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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