Barry Ronal Delphin

United States Air Force
21 April 1940 - 20 March 1967
Clearwater, Florida
Panel 16E Line 120

7TH AF F-100D 614TH TFS
Silver Star

USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Barry R. Delphin

The database page for Barry Ronal Delphin

Memorial Day 2004

Midshipman Delphin

Barry, 26, left behind his mother Mary Albro Delphin (who is sister to my father, John Albro, Jr.), his father Eugene, a brother Robin Hood, his wife Phyllis Douglas Delphin, a daughter Kletia 3 1/2, and a son Casey 2 1/2.

Barry was a fun loving, intelligent person. He was born in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, but grew up in Clearwater, Florida, where he graduated from Clearwater High School - he was class President. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, married Phyllis and then joined the Air Force. They were stationed in Big Spring, Texas, and Germany. While in Germany he volunteered to fly in combat. He went to Vietnam in December of 1966. He said not to worry. We corresponded regularly and he was writing the "Great American War Novel" by hand and I was typing it. We only got to chapter 3.

I have visited the memorials in Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Maryland, and Tallahassee, FL, that all bear his name, as well as a couple of traveling walls. His mother and I are very close and we still miss him but we are also very proud of him. We know we will meet again.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Captain Delphin was conducting a close air support mission near Lai Khe, north of Saigon, in an F-100D (tail number 55-2912). CAS missions require very low altitudes and yet fairly high speeds. This combination of factors came into play when Captain Delphin's aircraft was struck by automatic weapons fire and crashed before he could eject.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a first cousin,
Doris Albro Graska 
1 Jun 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 06/02/2004