Allison, John Vincent, Col

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1974-1978, HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
Service Years
1943 - 1978
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Contact Info
Home Town
Memphis, Tennessee
Last Address

Date of Passing
Nov 02, 2011
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 7, Section E, Column 15, Niche 2

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Combat Rescue Officer Combat Crew Air Force Retired

Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He served in the US Navy in WWII, was a rescue helicopter pilot and a test pilot during the Cold War, flew combat rescue missions in VietNam, and also flew one of the helicopters on the Son Tay Raid Nov 21, 1970. He retired from the Air Force Aug 31, 1978.

His AF Cross citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Lieutenant Colonel John V. Allison (AFSN: 0-28301), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as Aircraft Commander of an HH-53 Rescue Helicopter of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, as part of an all-volunteer joint U.S. Army and Air Force raiding force in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed heliborne assault mission to rescue United States military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay prison in North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Lieutenant Colonel Allison flew a helicopter loaded with Special Forces troops into an extremely hostile environment. Prior to landing, he recognized that circumstances existing in the vicinity of the objective were considerably different than expected. He correctly assessed the new conditions, and at risk of life under adverse circumstances and without direction, implemented an alternate plan. Acting on his own, Colonel Allison's decision to undertake a new plan and deliver sustained accurate fire on the major enemy threat, a guard billet played a large part in the tactical success of the operation. After all buildings were searched, Colonel Allison, without regard for his personal safety, landed and picked up and safely returned his troops through heavy surface-to-air missile activity. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Colonel Allison reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 21-Nov-70

Service: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron

Regiment: 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group

Division: Son Tay Volunteer Task Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy (USN)US Navy Reserve (USNR)Aviation Cadet Flight School56th Air Rescue Squadron
Turner Air Force BaseAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
Detachment 2, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron1551st Flying Training Squadron (Cadre)
1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing (Staff)HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
  1943-1946, US Navy (USN)
  1946-1950, US Navy Reserve (USNR)
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1952-1955, AAF MOS 1051, 56th Air Rescue Squadron
  1955-1958, 1021A, Turner Air Force Base
  1958-1962, 1021A, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1962-1965, 1021A, Ramstein Air Base
  1965-1967, 1021A, Eastern Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
  1967-1968, 1021A, Detachment 2, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing
  1968-1968, 1021A, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1968-1971, 1021A, 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1971-1973, 1551st Flying Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1973-1974, 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing (Staff)
  1974-1978, HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HU/SU-16 Albatross  H-5 Dragonfly  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  
HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  
  1951-1955, HU/SU-16 Albatross
  1952-1953, H-5 Dragonfly
  1953-1955, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1967-1969, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1967-1974, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
  1968-1968, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
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