DOBY, HERB

Remains Returned 30 September 1977

Name: Herb Doby
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 41st TRS
Date of Birth: 23 August 1931
Home City of Record: Oregon City OR
Date of Loss: 04 February 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 221546N 1055300E (WK910620)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EB66C

Other Personnel in Incident: Jack W. Bomar; John O. Davies; John Fer (all
released POWs); Russell A. Poor (missing); Woodrow H. Wilburn (remains
returned)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1990 with the assistance
of one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency
sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources,
interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. 2020

REMARKS: 770930 REMS RET BY SRV

SYNOPSIS: The Douglas EB66C Skywarrior was outfitted as an electronic
warfare aircraft which carried roughly 5 tons of electronic gear in addition
to its flight crew of three and technical personnel. The EB66C featured a
pressurized capsule installed in the bomb bay, that accommodated four
technicians whose responsibility was to operate electronic reconnaissance
gear.

On February 4, 1967, an EB66C was dispatched on an operational mission over
North Vietnam. The crew and technicians that day included Maj. Jack W.
Bomar, 1Lt. John O. Davies, Capt. John Fer, Capt. Russell A. Poor, Capt.
Herb Doby, and Maj. Woodrow Hoover.

At a point about 40 miles from the China border in Bac Thai Province, North
Vietnam, the EB66C was shot down. Bomar, Fer and Davies were captured. The
fates of Doby, Poor and Wilburn were uncertain.

In the spring of 1973, 591 Americans were released from prison camps in
Vietnam, including Bomar, Davies and Fer. They had been POWs for just over
six years. Poor, Doby and Wilburn remained Missing in Action.

In 1977, the Vietnamese returned remains which were identified as being
those of Capt. Herb Doby, but denied any knowledge of the fates of Poor and
Wilburn.

In 1990, it was announced that the Vietnamese had "discovered" and returned
the remains of Maj. Woodrow Wilburn.

For 23 years, the Vietnamese have denied knowledge of the fates of the
missing from the EB66C they shot down on February 4, 1967. Among the entire
crew, only Poor remains missing.

Disturbing testimony was given to Congress in 1980 that the Vietnamese
"stockpiled" the remains of Americans to return at politically advantageous
times. Could Poor be waiting, in a casket, for just such a moment?

Even more disturbing are the nearly 10,000 reports received by the U.S.
relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Many authorities who have
examined this information (largely classified), have reluctantly come to the
conclusion that many Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. Could Poor
be among these?

Perhaps the most compelling questions when remains are returned are, "Is it
really who they say it is?", and "How -- and when -- did he die?" As long as
reports continue to be received which indicate Americans are still alive in
Indochina, we can only regard the return of remains as a politically
expedient way to show "progress" on accounting for American POW/MIAs. As
long as reports continue to be received, we must wonder how many are alive.

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LT COL HERB DOBY

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On November 7, 1977, the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii (CIL-H, now DPAA) identified the remains of Lieutenant Colonel Herb Doby, missing from the Vietnam War.

Lieutenant Colonel Doby joined the U.S. Air Force from New Mexico and was a member of the 41st Reconnaissance Squadron. On February  4, 1967, he was one of six aboard an EB-66C Destroyer that went down in Bac Can Province, Vietnam. Three of the Destroyer's crew survived the crash, were taken as prisoner of war, and eventually returned to duty. Lieutenant Colonel Doby, along with the remaining two crew members, were killed in the incident. In 1977, the Vietnamese government returned several sets of human remains to U.S. custody, and Lt Col Doby was identified among them. 

Lieutenant Colonel Doby is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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