Darling, John Edward, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
1010-Combat Signal Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Signal Corps

First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 18, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Maple Grove Cemetery - Mason, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 061

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 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division
  1969-1970, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment /HHC
  1969-1970, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 18 May 1970 a UH-1H HUEY (hull number 68-16375) from Company C, 158th Aviation Battalion, 101st Abn Division, was lost during
"a re-supply mission in the Ripcord area and had made a radio transmission to an infantry unit after dropping supplies. They had a pay officer and his sergeant with them. Easterling, the crew-chief, jumped from the aircraft prior to impact and was found on an adjacent ridge several days later."
From "A History of Company C, 158th Avn Bn"
The "pay officer and his sergeant" actually were 1LT John Darling and SGT Harry Stone. In addition to 1LT Darling and SGT Stone, three men of C/158 Avn Bn died in the crash:
WO1 Nicholas Gabriel Saunders, aircraft commander
WO1 Robert Kenneth Cole, copilot
SGT Carlton Coe Gray, gunner

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