John Lawrence DilalloChief Warrant Officer
F TROOP, 79TH ARTILLERY RGT (ARA), 1 CAV DIV
Army Of The United States
25 May 1949 - 24 June 1972
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THE INCIDENTFrom 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.
A memorial from his friend,|
10 May 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)