Dinan, David Thomas, III, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1966 - 1969
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nutley, NJ
Last Address
Nutley, NJ

Casualty Date
Mar 17, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
29W-062/ Sect 60, Grave 11701

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
23rd Tactical Fighter Wing34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Rams388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1968, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Rams
  1968-1969, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1968-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1961-1965, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1965-1966, Stevens Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1967-1969, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

   1Lt. David Thomas Dinan III was a pilot from the 34 Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat Airbase, Thailand.  On March 17, 1969, Dinan was assigned a combat mission which took him over Laos.   
   During the mission, Dinan's aircraft, F-105D serial number 61-0104 was hit by enemy fire and he ejected.  His parachute was shredded when it hit trees, and he substained what were believed to be fatal injuries from falling through the trees and down an embankment.  Dinan was declared Killed in Action / Body Not Recovered. 

   His fiancee, Lt. Valerie Gallulo, who he was to marry the following month, served in the Air Force also.  She was stationed in Thailand as an intelligence officer.  She wrote to David's parents:  David is truly a son to be proud of.  I only knew him for nine short months but every moment we spent together was a cherished one.  He was a man and a gentleman in every sense of the word. No higher compliment could have been paid to my womanhood than when he asked me to be his wife. 

               December 11, 1984 
              A letter to the Dinans from 
              President Ronald Reagan 
   Nancy and I wish to extend once again our personal greetings to our special friends, the families of our men who have still not returned to us.  This year brought some progress, but painfully slow.  I wish to reaffirm to you my personal commitment to providing the answers you so rightfully deserve.  I follow our efforts closely to ensure we are exploring all reasonable avenues to provide the answers and will continue to do so.  In unity and faith in each other and with the help of God, we pray that the coming year will end the uncertainty of many more of our friends.


His remains have been recovered. Interment services are pending.
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