McAllister, William Walter, Maj

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Primary Unit
1964-1965, 505th Tactical Control Group
Service Years
1946 - 1965
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hawthorne, California
Last Address
Pleiku AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Apr 22, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 106

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps (USMC)Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUS Air Force16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing94th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron357th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Dragons45th Fighter-Day Squadron
4440th Aircraft Delivery Group21st Tactical Air Support Squadron505th Tactical Control Group
  1946-1947, US Marine Corps (USMC)
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1950-1951, Nellis Air Force Base
  1951-1951, 16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1951-1951, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1951-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 94th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1953-1955, 357th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron - Dragons
  1955-1955, AAF MOS 1055, 45th Fighter-Day Squadron
  1955-1958, 1021A, 1737th Ferry Squadron
  1958-1964, 4440th Aircraft Delivery Group
  1964-1965, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1964-1965, 505th Tactical Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War
  1961-1965 Vietnam Advisory Campaign (1961-65)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War
  1965-1965 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-86 Sabre  C-54 Skymaster  C-124 Globemaster II  
C-133 Cargomaster II  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  O-2 Skymaster  
  1950-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1950-1955, F-86 Sabre
  1955-1957, C-54 Skymaster
  1955-1958, C-124 Globemaster II
  1955-1958, C-133 Cargomaster II
  1965-1965, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
  1965-1965, O-2 Skymaster
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was killed about a month after the action for which he would posthumously receive the Air Force Cross. He died when his L-19 was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. Time magazine had written an article about him a few days before he was killled; and soon after that they were writing about his death.

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 pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Major William Walter McAllister (AFSN: 0-1911665), United States Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an O-2 aircraft with the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Qui Nhon Air Base, Vietnam, in action over the Republic of Vietnam on 9 and 10 March 1965. On these dates, acting as a Forward Air Controller under extremely adverse weather conditions and at night, he directed numerous air strikes in support of the Vietnamese Marines and their three American advisors. With complete disregard for his own safety, Major McAllister sought out targets ahead of the advancing Marines while under prolonged periods of hostile ground fire at dangerously low altitudes. Through his personal efforts, two American casualties were evacuated and the entire Marine unit effectively assisted in obtaining and securing their objectives. He also flew under extremely hazardous conditions under a low ceiling at night in mountainous terrain in an effort to assist friendly positions. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major McAllister reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: March 9 & 10, 1965

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron

Division: Qui Nhon Air Base, Vietnam
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