Dillard, John Albert B. Jr., MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
US
Last Primary MOS
1221-Combat Engineer Officer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
Service Years
1942 - 1970

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lake Charles
Last Address
Lake Charles

Casualty Date
May 12, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 023

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961


 Unofficial Badges 

Engineer Shoulder Cord


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments
ROTC Virginia Military Institute (Cadre)US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)8th Army, Korea (EUSA)
Engineer Command, VietnamUS Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1938-1942, ROTC Virginia Military Institute (Cadre)
  1942-1952, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  1952-1953, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1969, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)/USACE Far East District
  1968-1969, 8th Army, Korea (EUSA)
  1969-1970, Engineer Command, Vietnam
  1969-1970, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1938-1942, Virginia Military Institute
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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.

 
 
ORDER OF NATIONAL SECURITY MERIT
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
   
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