Mallon, Richard Joseph, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1965 - 1970

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Gerald Lamirand (Jerry) to remember Mallon, Richard Joseph (Seabird 02), Capt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Portland, Oregon
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Jan 28, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14W 076

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 Unit Assignments
354th Tactical Fighter Squadron355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1969-1970, 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1969-1970, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
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F-105G  Wild Weasel  
  1969-1970, F-105G Wild Weasel
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 The Air Force convened a Board of Inquiry to consider the facts and circumstances surrounding the loss of JOLLY GREEN 71; in April 1970 the Board concluded that the crash was not survivable and the status of the six crewmen was changed to Killed in Action/Body not Recovered.

There are conflicting reports with respect to the SEABIRD 02 crew. Official reports indicate that neither the aircraft wreckage or the two crewmen were located, but the POW Network site includes an unofficial report attributed to another member of the 354th TFS that "both men were seen in a clearing within the hour, being surrounded [by enemy troops], stripped to their shorts, and holding their hands in the air." However, in 1992 National Security Agency radio intercepts were declassified; those intercepts included North Vietnamese radio messages to the effect that neither Mallon nor Panek survived the shootdown. In any case Mallon and Panek were not reported as captured by the North Vietnamese and the POWs released in 1973 had no knowledge of them. The Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of Death for the two men, Mallon on 23 September 1975 and Panek on 6 July 1978.

On 15 December 1988 a number of human remains were repatriated. Of these, 33 were ultimately identified, including the remains of Captain Richard Mallon (announced 18 Apr 1989), Captain Robert Panke (04 May 1989), and Major Holly Bell (01 Jun 1989). As of 02 Oct 2005 the remains of the other five men from JOLLY GREEN 71 have not been recovered.

Compiled from several sources, including
the POW Network
Task Force Omega
and VHPA/USAF records.


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