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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Chief Warrant Officer 1
Birth:
25 May 1949 1
Death:
24 Jun 1972 1
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Full Name:
John Lawrence Dilallo 1
Birth:
25 May 1949 1
Male 1
Death:
24 Jun 1972 1
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 1
Age at Death: 23 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 24 Jun 1972 1
Casualty Type: Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes 1
Residence:
Hometown: Schenectady, NY 1
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Chief Warrant Officer 1
Company:
Co F 1
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 1
Grade:
W2 1
Major Command:
1st Cav Div 1
Regiment:
79th ARA 1
Service:
Army 1
Tour Start Date:
29 May 1972 1
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Religion:
Presbyterian 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 48 1
Panel: 01W 1

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John Lawrence Dilallo

Served in the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 01W 048
Posted for: JOHN LAWRENCE DILALLO: "Black Jack" and I were hootchmates during out first tour with B/229th 1st Cav Killer Spades. We were both Warrant Officer helicopter pilots. Jack was one of the very best best pilots we had. He did whatever was asked of him to the best of his abilities. He was a quiet type of person, with a dry sense of humor and always willing to help his buddies anyway he could. I will never forget Jack and the sacrifices that he gave for his country. SALUTE! Posted by: Texas Tommy Waldrop
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Relationship: We served together
Friday, June 30, 2000

THE INCIDENT From the Blue Max Aerial Rocket Artillery Association site:

At approximately 2230 hours, 24 June 1972, CW2 John L. Dilallo took off on a test flight in a AH-1G COBRA (hull number 68-15206) from Long Thanh North Army Airfield. Just before takeoff, he stated to the crew chief that he wanted to be sure that the aircraft was ready for the upcoming trip to Da Nang. The aircraft departed without any difficulty apparent to observers on the ground. About fifteen minutes later the pilot called Long Thanh to tell them that he had a partial loss of cyclic control and was going down. A few seconds later he reported that he was going into a river at approximately grid coordinate 0391 with 190 knots and no cyclic control.

The COBRA crashed in the Saigon River. CW2 Dilallo's body was recovered on 27 June 1972.



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