Engelhard, Erich Carl, Col

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1969-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1953 - 1969

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Nha Trang AB

Casualty Date
Jun 22, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
22W 111

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9th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1969, 9th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1969, 14th Special Operations Wing
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Last Known Activity

On 22 June 1969, Major Erich C. Engelhard and 1st Lt Michael A. Seagroves departed Nha Trang in an O-2B (tail number 67-21455), directed toward a group of enemy troops some 20 miles north of Nha Trang. The aircraft was shot down in the vicinity of Ninh Hoa, but the wreckage was not immediately located and both men were classed as missing in action. In 1973, following the US withdrawal, the Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for both Engelhard and Seagroves, changing their status from Missing in Action to Died while Missing/Body not Recovered. Both men were promoted while in MIA status, Engelhard to Colonel and Seagroves to Captain.

The wreckage of 67-21455 was located in 1974 and human remains recovered from the crash site. The remains were returned to US control on 01 April 1974; on 19 June 1974 the US government announced the positive identification of the remains as those of Colonel Engelhard and Captain Seagroves.

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