Erhard James Mello

Army of the United States
15 August 1952 - 30 January 1972
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Panel 02W Line 102

Army Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Photo courtesy of Torrey Tracy

The database page for Erhard James Mello

28 May 2000

Ed and I went to high school together in Baumholder Germany.

His absence will be felt as our former "Military Brats" schoolmates reunite for the first time after almost 30 years this summer.

Susan M. Davoli

05 June 2003

The following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987. The special supplement was issued in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.

Mello entered the Army in November 1969. The sergeant was a helicopter mechanic in Vietnam, where he was assigned to Troop C of the 16th Cavalry. Mello died on January 30, 1972. He was 19 years old.

From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

20 Nov 2005

I will always remember Eddie for giving me a model B-52 airplane while our parents were next-door neighbors at Fort Dix. I will always remember the kindness of his parents, especially his father and brothers when they took me fishing. If my memory serves me kindly, it was Eddie's dad who herded us to safety in the kitchen during the Oct 70 on-post riot.

LTC Tom Tracy, US Army
son of MSG (Ret) (deceased) Jim Tracy and Mrs Eva Tracy of NV

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 29 Jan 1972, an OH-6A (tail number 66-07849) of C Troop, 16th Cavalry, was being re-armed prior to a mission when the aircraft exploded. SP4 Karl Dennis Porter was killed in the explosion; SP4 Erhard James Mello was severely injured and died the following day.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 May 2000
Last updated 08/10/2009