Mercer, Pollard Hugh, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1325R-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1968
Major

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winnfield, LA
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Garden of Memories - Winnfield, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E Line 089

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 Unit Assignments
355th Tactical Fighter Wing41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
  1967-1968, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1968, 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Northwestern University
  1950-1955, Northwestern University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EB-66 Destroyer  
  1967-1968, EB-66 Destroyer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"On 14 January 1968, an EB-66C (Preview 01) was shot down west of Hanoi by a MIG-21. Major Pollard (Sonny) Mercer was the pilot, Attilio (Pete) Pedroli the Instructor Navigator, Irby Terrell the Navigator with the following EWO: Thomas Sumpter, Ronald LeBert, Hubert Walker and Jim Thompson. All 7 ejected, but Sonny Mercer's legs were broken in the ejection. Jim Thompson was the only EWO rescued. The other 3 EWOs were captured and spent the rest of the war as POWs. Mercer, Pedroli and Thompson were rescued several days after the shoot-down. Mercer was air-evacuated to the Philippines where died in the hospital from a blood clot to the brain..."

Source: http://www.b66.info/Anecdotes/anecdote8.htm

"On 14 January 1968, Sonny Mercer and crew arrived on station and began their orbit to perform their dual mission of jamming and missile threat warning - when, without any warning, the right engine was hit by an air-to-air infrared heat seeking missile. All 7 successfully ejected. Sonny Mercer, Jim Thompson and Pete Pedroli landed in the jungle on a mountain - with Irby Terrell, Tom Sumpter, Ronald Lebert and Hubert Walker landing in a valley where they were immediately captured by the North Vietnamese..." Source: Same as above

   
Comments/Citation
Note: Major Mercer was stationed in Japan for three years prior to his tour to Vietnam.

   
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