Lt. Eric Ingram Helicopter Victim
Army Pilot Killed At Ft. Bragg Tuesday
An army helicopter crash at Fort Bragg, N. C., Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Eric Ingram 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ingram of Haines.
The family was informed that Lt. Ingram was piloting a helicopter carrying an injured soldier in a stretcher when the accident happened at the base. No other details were immediately available.
His wife, the former Shirley Long of Baker, resided with him in the East and her mother, Mrs. Alice Long left by plane from Boise Wed. morning to return to Baker with Mrs. Ingram.
Eric was born at Baker April 25, 1935. He attended grade school at Muddy Creek, Baker and Haines and graduated from Baker High in 1953.
He attended Oregon State College five years, receiving degrees in Forestry engineering and management in 1958. He was named one of the ten outstanding seniors of the class and held high scholastic honors. He was president of Acacia House, his fraternity, was student senator and active in Forestry Club. He received his initial military training at OSC ROTC and first flight training.
He entered the army in July, 1958.
At Haines he was a long-time Boy Scout in the troop there and rose to the rank of Eagle, with palm leaves added to the top badge.
During his college vacations he had been employed by Wallowa-Whitman Nat’l forest. He was a skier and out of doors enthusiast.
He was married to Miss Shirley Long at St. Stephen’s Episcopal church April 5, 1958, and both he and his bride were graduated in the same class at college the following June.
He was to have been discharged from his military service this fall prior to the extension under the current national emergency.
Surviving besides his wife Shirley are his parents Mr. and Mrs. Stan Ingram of Haines, a brother, Paul of OSU, Corvallis, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Ingram, and Mrs. Charles M. Brinton of Baker.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Baker, and of the Blue Mt. Lodge AF & AM, North Powder.
Funeral Services are expected to be conducted in Baker. There will be no flowers, the family requesting friends to make any tributes in the form of memorial gifts to the Presbyterian Church young peoples project.
Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, September, 1961
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor