|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1946|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1967, Vietnam|
Army Warrant Officer Robert C. Ferris, 20, died in Vietnam when the helicopter he was piloting crashed & burned on an assault mission January 14, 1967. He was the only child of Mr. & Mrs. Earl C. Ferris (Willie Galloway Ferris) of 37 Bow Road, Newton Centre, Ma. Born in Brookline, Ma, he was educated at the Bowen School & Newton South High School Class of 1964. He was with the 173rd Assault Helicopter Co. when the crash occurred. Warrant Officer Ferris enlisted in the Army in November of 1965 after obtaining a commercial pilots license at the Comerford Instrument Flight School at Bedford, Ma where he secured an instructors rating. He had been in Vietnam only two months. Warrant Officer Ferris received primary helicopter training at Ft. Wolters, Texas & advanced training at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Note from The Virtual Wall
On 14 Jan 1967 UH-1D tail number 65-09595 was one of several 173rd Assault Helicopter Company Hueys in a formation flight at 2000 feet. 65-09595's pilot reported an internal explosion and left the flight. Other aircrew watched helplessly as 65-09595's 90 degree gear box and tail rotor blades left the aircraft, which then crashed and burned in a small jungle clearing. Three of the four men aboard the Huey died in the crash; the crew chief died from his injuries the following day:
1LT Arthur R. LeGrow, Revere, MA, pilot;
WO Robert C. Ferris, Newton Center, MA, copilot;
SP4 Arthur D. Washington, Washington, DC, crew chief; and
PFC Joe H. Epps, Marshall, TX, gunner.
Note: Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall Panel 14E Line 026
Created by: Susan Allman-Carlo
Record added: Oct 07, 2011
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