|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1939|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 1966|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
Name: Phillip Alan Ducat
Rank/Branch: O3/US Marine Corps
Unit: Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161
Marine Air Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Date of Birth: 04 September 1939
Home City of Record: Ft. Wayne IN
Date of Loss: 25 September 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164656N 1065421E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Capt. Phillip A. Ducat was a helicopter pilot assigned to HHM 161,
Marine Air Group 16. On Sepember 26, 1966, Ducat was assigned a medical
evacuation mission in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. His co-pilot was 1Lt. Dean W. Reiter of the same Marine helicopter company and Hospital
Corpsman Third Class Peter Robert Bossman, a U.S. Navy Corpsman. (NOTE:
According to Navy records, Bossman was assigned to HHM 161, MAG 16.)
When the helicopter was approximately 22 miles west of Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, the aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire, burst into flames and exploded prior to impact with the ground. The crew aboard was killed, and the intense fire of the crash consumed all remains.
The crew of the UH34 was was listed as killed, body not recovered. They are among over 2300 Americans who remain prisoner, missing or otherwise unaccounted for from the Vietnam war. The cases of some, like Bossman, Ducat
and Reiter, seem clear - that they perished and cannot be recovered.
Unfortunately, many other cases are clouded with doubt. Some were known to be in enemy hands. Others described their imminent capture by radio. Others simply disappeared.
Viet Nam War Memorial; Panel 11E Line 013
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Mike
Record added: May 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70234737
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Phillip Alan Ducat is honored on Panel 11E, Row 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.|
SGT. Mike, USMC.
Added: Jun. 11, 2014
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.|
Charles A. Lewis
Added: Sep. 14, 2012
See you at Sunset, Cap.|
Mike, USMC 1/9
Added: May. 22, 2011