Tobias, John Chilicott, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1982-Airfield Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 1982, 295th Aviation Company/326th Aviation Detachment
Service Years
1955 - 1970


Lieutenant Colonel

Five Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Burnettsville, Indiana
Last Address
Burnettsville, Indiana

Casualty Date
Jun 14, 1970
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Illness, Disease
Tuyen Duc (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 054

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 1st Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge

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 Ribbon Bar

Expert Infantryman
Aviator Badge (Senior)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1956, Infantry Officer Candidate School (Fort Benning, GA), E
 Unit Assignments
US Air Force1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)US Army Air Service Primary Flight School
U.S. Army1st Infantry Division/1st Aviation Company1st Infantry DivisionU.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters
24th Infantry Division173rd Aviation Company (AHC)128th Aviation CompanyAviation Center and School
165th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade
  1950-1953, US Air Force
  1954-1955, Break in Service
  1956-1957, 1542, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1956-1957, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1957-1959, 2136, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1959-1959, 2136, US Army Air Service Primary Flight School
  1959-1959, 1980, Aviation Maintenance Manager Course
  1959-1960, 1980, 1st Infantry Division/1st Aviation Company
  1959-1960, 1980, 1st Infantry Division
  1960-1961, 1981, U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters
  1961-1961, 1981, 18th Aviation Company (Fixed Wing Light Transport)
  1961-1962, 24th Transportation Detachment
  1961-1964, 24th Infantry Division
  1962-1963, 1981, 24th Aviation Company
  1965-1965, 1981, Headquarters, US Army Infantry School
  1965-1966, 1690, 173rd Aviation Company (AHC)
  1966-1967, 1987, 128th Aviation Company
  1967-1969, 2120, Academic Division, Department of Rotary-Wing, Aviation Center and School
  1969-1970, 1982, 165th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 1982, 339th Aviation Detachment
  1969-1970, 1982, 165th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 1982, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1970, 1982, 295th Aviation Company/326th Aviation Detachment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Attleboro
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Colleges Attended 
University of HawaiiUniversity of Omaha
  1956-1957, University of Hawaii
  1964-1965, University of Omaha
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Died from an inter craniel hemorrage

While in the 128th, John was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 29 November 1966 for action between 4-19 November.
The Citation follows:

“For heroism while participating in Aerial flight: During this period, Major Tobias served as the operations officer of his company in support of the 1st Infantry Division on Operation Attleboro. Major Tobias led numerous combat assaults under intense Viet Cong small arms and automatic weapons fire. Aware of the dangers involved, Major Tobias calmly directed the various elements of his company to accomplish every request for aviation support wherever and whenever needed. The aircrews serving under Major Tobias’ inspiring leadership consistently accomplished the many varied and complex tasks required to support the air mission and ground commanders. Major Tobias’ quick reaction to each change in the tactical situation, highly effective leadership and unwavering courage in the face of extreme danger contributed immeasurably to the success of the operation. Major Tobias’ actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

Vietnam Wall Panel coords 09W 054
Service #   310242409
Start of Tour (2nd)   12/02/1969
First Tour  Feb 66 - Feb 67

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