PRATHER, PHILLIP DEAN Name: Phillip Dean Prather Rank/Branch: W1/United States Army, pilot Unit: HHC 11th INF BDE Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Armarillo TX Date of Loss: 08 March 1971 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 165720 North 1070300 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH6A Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Anshus, observer, returnee. 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. REMARKS: 730327 RELEASED BY PRG
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO PHILLIP D. PRATHER Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class - United States Army Captured: March 8, 1971 Released: March 27, 1973 I enlisted in the United States Army Reserve Special Forces in July 1964 at the age of seventeen. I served with them until October 1969 when I was assigned to the Warrant Officer flight program. I went to Vietnam as a WO-1 on 6 January 1971 and flew OH-6's until 8 March 1971 when I was shot down by small arms fire near the DMZ. I spent my time as a POW in Hanoi and was released on 27 March 1973. I am now twenty-six years of age. I have a wife, Sandra, but no children. I have one brother and two sisters.
Phillip Prather retired from the United States Army as a CW4. He passed away from a masive heart attack on November 20, 1997. He was captured during Long Sam 719 near the DMZ and then taken north to Hanoi. He was the pilot of the OH6 when it was shot down.