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
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH1A #16634
Other Personnel in Incident:
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.
REMARKS: 730327 RELEASED BY PRG U.S. thought MIA
ALIVE IN 96/RET MSGT/LIVES GEORGIA
Incident reference: 70041230.KIA
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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;
The source for this information was A/7/17 history by WO1 Charles E. Smith
The helicopter he went down in was an OH-6A Cayuse tail number 67-16634.