Allison, John Vincent, Col

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1974-1978, HQ Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
Service Years
1943 - 1978

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Allison, John Vincent, Col USAF(Ret).

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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 Crew Combat Rescue Officer 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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  1958-1962, 1021A, Air Force Bases/ Installations

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He was a test pilot.

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