Dal Pozzo, Anthony, III, WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1972-1973, 100B, 18th Aviation Company (Corps)
Service Years
1969 - 1973
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1



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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1951
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Santa Barbara
Last Address
Santa Barbara

Casualty Date
Jan 29, 1973
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Phong Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Santa Barbara Cemetery - Santa Barbara, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
1W Line 113

 Official Badges 

1st Aviation Brigade


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialSouthern CaliforniaThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA), Southern California (California)
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, Basic Training (Fort Ord, CA), A
  1971, Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course (Fort Wolters, TX), B
  1972, Aviation Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Course (Fort Rucker, AL), B2
 Unit Assignments
Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)U.S. Army18th Aviation Company (Corps)1st Aviation Brigade
  1971-1972, 09W, Primary Helicopter Center and School (Staff)
  1972-1972, 09W, Warrant Officer Candidate School (Cadre)
  1972-1973, 100B, 18th Aviation Company (Corps)
  1972-1973, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1973-1973, 100B, Four Party Joint Military Commission (FPJMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1973 Vietnam War/Cease-Fire Campaign (1972-73)3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Anthony was killed right after the official cease fire in 1973. He was the last Army Helicopter Pilot to be KIA during the Vietnam War.  The web site armyaircrews.com gives the following acount of his death:

"18 AVN
A/C was a marked JMC and was returning from one of the first missions flown following the offical Cease-Fire to Can Tho when a single VC fired at the A/C hitting the pilot. Pilot died one day later from injuries."

 
Manuel Pino Bco 2/8th 1st Cav 68-69
mpjr54@msn.com
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
18th Avn Co (CORPS), 1st Avn Bde

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings, Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things. You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung, high in the sunlit silence, hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle flew, and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God. By John G. Magee, Jr.

Jul 9, 2007

 
Jennifer Burns
sky_lava@yahoo.com
Though, you are gone, you will never be forgotten! You and men, like you, are the reason, we are free today! I just wanted, to say THANK YOU, for the sacrifices that you made! I hold you and those like you, in the highest regard and you, deserve nothing less! I love you, all, you were and always will be, HEROES, to me! I promise never, to take for granted the freedoms, I have, which you paid, the ultimate price for! Happy Birthday! I WILL REMEMBER YOU!!! Gratefully yours, Jenn
Apr 26, 2007

 
manny   g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
?You are Remembered?
Peace and condolence to the family and friends. ?He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.? Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Jan 29, 2007

 
Grateful American
Fellow Californian
American Hero
Thank you, WO., Dal Pozzo, for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest well, brave soldier and rest assured, that you, Sir, are not forgotten.
Saturday, January 29, 2005

 
Curtis Gore
cgore@gnv.fdt.net
Friend
11950 NW 83rd Court
Chiefland, Florida 32626
I went to flight school with Tony. I named my first born son after him. (Brian Anthony) Rest in peace my friend!
Sunday, July 02, 2000

 
Robin Larsen
rllx2@aol.com
Coworker with Tony Sr.
601 San Ricardo Dr.
Sanr Barbara, Ca 93111 USA
Remembering Tony Jr.
I used to babysit Tony Jr. when he was little. I worked for his Dad Tony Sr. at Federal Drug Store in Santa Barbara where he was the owner and pharmacist there. Tony Jr, was a little stinker as a kid but grew up a neat guy and very good looking too. I always remember his as "Scooter"
Saturday, June 17, 2000

Name: WO1 Anthony Dal Pozzo, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/28/1973 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Died 1 days later on 01/29/1973.
Age at death: 21.8
Date of Birth: 04/26/1951
Home City: Santa Barbara, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 18 AVN, 164 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 72-33
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-113
Short Summary: Wounded 28 Jan 73 2 hrs after official cease fire in UH-1H .
Aircraft: UH-1H
Call sign: Green Delta
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 12/13/1972
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: hostile wounded in action - very serious hospitalization
Length of service: *
Location: Phong Dinh Province IV Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: WS733003

Additional information about this casualty:
The last Army Helicopter pilot KIA in Vietnam.   The UH-1H was returning to Can Tho when a single VC fired at the aircraft, gravely wounding Dalpozzo.  He was evacuated from Can Tho to Saigon by CH-47C but passed away the following day.

Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/16/2002

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6 Apr 2001

Tony,

I think of you often. I never miss a chance to tell someone of you and the friendship we shared during flight school. My oldest son, who is now 28 years old shares your name (Anthony) in honor of our friendship and your memory. I will never forget you and the short amount of time we shared together.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Curtis M. Gore
c5m6g@yahoo.com

3 Jan 2005

Tony was a great guy; we did Tequila shots together the night before he was hit and had planned to get together in Southern California on leave. He will always be remembered fondly.

John M. Harris
harris4592@verizon.net

9 May 2005

Last week, I read in the May 05 VFW Magazine an article by R. Kolb "First and Last KIA in the Indochina War" and he wrote about Mr. Dal Pozzo becoming one of the war's last KIAs flying an observation helicopter which was downed by a single VC about 10 miles from Can Tho. I emailed the author some details about what happened as I was a passenger aboard Mr. Dal Pozzo's Huey that day.

Mr. Dal Pozzo was flying members of US Army representatives to the Four Power Joint Military Commission from the outlying provinces to Can Tho, the major headquarters for US Military in the Mekong Delta. His itnerary was from Can Tho Air Field to Ca Mau, to Bac Lieu, to Chuong Thien to Can Tho Air Field, estimate of around two hundred miles. I and two others were picked up in Bac Lieu. All of us passengers were to have our pictures taken for ID badges for the Joint Military Commission, and return to our provinces the same day.

Putting on the headset, I spoke to Mr. Dal Pozzo, who was piloting, and also spoke to WO Goodheart, who was copilot. I recall Mr. Dal Pozzo telling me he was from Santa Barbara, CA and Mr. Goodheart was an Eskimo from Alaska. (I could be mistaken about Mr. Goodheart, it has been so long.) Since I was 42 years old, I noted how young both looked, and so handsome. I told Mr. Dal Pozzo that I was from Fresno, and that I thought Santa Barbara was beautiful, and he smiled his agreement.

Landing in Chuong Thien to pick up one more, Mr. Dal Pozzo expertly flew us rather low directly following a large canal north to Can Tho. About ten minutes into the flight, we approached a very large rice mill, and waving on a pole was the largest Viet Cong flag I have ever seen. From nowhere appeared a single VC aiming and firing an AK-47 automatic weapon at the Huey. I heard the snap-snap-snap of the bullets hitting the Huey, and I saw bullet holes appearing on the aluminum floor by my feet. Mr. Dal Pozzo was struck on his helmet and slumped over. The soldier sitting directly in from of me winced and screamed, "I'm hit!!" and I saw blood staining his trousers. Worrying about myself, I quickly examined my feet and legs, and I was OK. Sitting on the left side, I saw the green rice paddy quickly approaching me. Mr. Dal Pozzo was hit fatally and released the controls, and the Huey was going to crash. Suddenly, Mr. Goodheart grabbed the controls and regained altitude after quite a bit of yawing and shuddering.

For years I tried to remember your name, Mr. Dal Pozzo. I could not. I visited the "travelling VN Wall" twice to search for your name on the right (war ending) side of the wall. I looked at the Wall Book, and searched for your name, but could not remember it. I wanted to honor you for what you did, and for your service. You are a true hero, and your family and loved ones can forever be proud of you. I will always remember you and your smiling, handsome face. God Bless you!

From a retired officer who was a passenger on Mr. Dal Pozzo's flight,
K. Kobata
kkobata@comcast.net

20 Nov 2006

I am doing an assignment for school to honor the Vietnam Veterans. Thank you for what you gave, and you are remembered.

Sincerely,
Marisa
xofieldhockyxo@aim.com

28 May 2007

Tony was my friend through six years of junior high and high school in Santa Barbara. He was know as "Chipper." I'm thinking of him today, Memorial Day 2007. It's hard to believe it's been so many years. He was one of the good guys.

Bruce Babcock
thurber51@earthlink.net

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The cease-fire in South Vietnam was to be effective at 0800 on 28 January 1973. The 164th Combat Aviation Group was tasked to furnish equipment and personnel to establish one Flight Detachment for the International Commission for Control and Supervision (ICCS) and one for the Joint Military Commission (JMC).

At 0945, 28 January 1973, a pilot of the 18th Aviation Company, flying a marked JMC aircraft, was severely injured when his UH-1H HUEY was hit by enemy fire during the continuing hostilities.

On 29 January that pilot, WO1 Anthony Dal Pozzo, Jr, died of wounds received the day before.

During February 1973, the 18th Aviation Company began transferring equipment to the VNAF, while continuing to support Military Region IV with multiple aircraft. Draw-down was completed on 27 March 1973 and the unit was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

   
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