Mercer, Pollard Hugh, Jr., Maj

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

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winnfield, LA
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

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

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Aviator (Senior)

 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..."


"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

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

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