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He graduated from Virginia Military Institute and served in Europe during WW II As a Brigadier General, he served in Korea, from June 1968 to November 1969, and was the Commanding General of the 8th Army Corps of Engineers. The Korean Government awarded him the Order of National Security Merit, Third Class. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Major General and on Nov 27, 1969, he began a tour of duty in Vietnam as the Chief of Army Engineers.
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South Korea -1967 Series
Major General John A. B. Dillard, the U.S. Army, Vietnam, Engineer and senior Army engineer in Vietnam, was killed when his helicopter was shot down while he was reconnoitering Highway 509 about ten miles southwest of Pleiku. Colonel Carroll E. Adams, Jr., Commanding Officer, 937th Engineer Group; Lieutenant Colonel Fred V. Cole, Commanding Officer, 20th Engineer Battalion; Captain William D. Booth, Aide-de-Camp; Command Sergeant Major Griffith A. Jones of U.S. Army Engineer Command, Vietnam; and five others also perished in the crash. Command Sergeant Major Robert W. Elkey was the sole survivor.
Born in Louisiana, he was Chief of Army Engineers in Vietnam and was killed on May 12, 1970 when his helicopter was shot down in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
He is buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Bette Lorraine Dillard (May 2, 1921-February 26, 1991) is buried with him.
COPTER SHOT DOWN DEAR PLEIKU
SAIGON, South Vietnam –May 13, 1970 – Major General John A. B. Dillard, head of the United States Army Engineer Command in South Vietnam, was killed yesterday when the helicopter in which he was flying was shot down, the United States Command announced today. General Dillard was the sixth American General killed in action in the Vietnam War and the second in little more than a month.
General Dillard, 50 years old, of Corte Madera, California, and nine other Americans including other officers were aboard the UH-1 hit by enemy fire in the Central Highlands, 10 miles southwest of Pleiku and 220 miles northwest of Saigon. One American survived, but was seriously injured.
Assigned to Vietnam in November 1969, as Chief of the Engineer Command, General Dillard at his death was a veteran of 28 years’ Army service. He served as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander in Europe during World War II. From July 1952 until July 1953, he served as a Battalion Operations Officer with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea. He is survived by his wife, the former Betty L. Hawkins, and their three children, John A. B. 3rd, Gerry and Revalee.
6TH U. S. GENERAL KILLED IN WAR