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is honored on Panel 14W, Line 73 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Cousin Greg Anderson

    Posted on 5/28/18 - by Natalie Anderson-Escajeda
    Even though I never got a chance to meet you, you are thought of often. I was close to your mom (Aunt Inez). You are all together now in Heaven. Thank you so much for serving our country. You made the ultimate sacrifice and you will always be remembered. Living on in many hearts.
  • Wheaton Central High School Fiend

    Posted on 1/29/18 - by Steve Williams
    Greg, you were one of three friends that I had at Wheaton Central High School. I am proud to have known you and to be my friend. I remember the time you accidently shot me in the side of my nose with a pellet pistol. Don't worry, no permanent damage. I still wear your POW/MIA bracelet. Take care my friend.
  • I miss brother

    Posted on 6/1/17 - by robert e mitchell
    We were best of friends and I will never forget you. I think of often.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/4/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
  • Final Mission of SGT Gregory L. Anderson

    Posted on 10/4/14 - by
    On January 28, 1970, pilot CAPT Richard J. Mallon and electronics warfare officer CAPT Robert J. Panek were sent as escort to a reconnaissance aircraft on a mission in North Vietnam. Their F-105 aircraft was a G model, which was an adaptation of the F-105F used in the Wild Weasel program. The F-105F Wild Weasel featured radar homing and warning gear. Upon pinpointing the radar at a missile site, the Wild Weasel attacked with Shrike missiles that homed in on radar emissions. The F-105F was a stretch-limo F105, with a longer fusilage to allow for a second crewman. As modified for the G, the F105 launched Standard ARM rather than the shorter range Shrike. During the period of 1965-1972, the F105 performed on many diversified missions in Southeast Asia, including SAM attack, bombing, and as in the case of the mission of Mallon and Panek, armed escort/diversion. Mallon and Panek's aircraft was shot down during the mission, and they both successfully ejected and landed safely in an enemy controlled area about 20 miles northeast of the Mu Gia Pass on the mountainous border of North Vietnam and Laos. A helicopter was immediately dispatched to pick up the two downed airmen. When the aircraft was about 50 miles northwest of the location of the F-105 crash,it was hit by a MiG and exploded. The helicopter was flown by pilot MAJ Holly G. Bell, and carried crewmen CAPT Leonard C. Leeser, SMS William D. Pruett, SSGT William C. Shinn, MSGT William C. Sutton, and passenger SGT Gregory L. Anderson. A short beeper signal was heard from the helicopter, indicating that at least one person aboard may have exited the aircraft. All six aboard were listed as Killed/Body Not Recovered. It was thought that in the cases of Bell and Anderson that the enemy would not likely have knowledge of their fates, but that the Vietnamese could probably account for the other four men. (A determination that was probably made from the relative crew positions and their proximity to the area of the MiG hit and the likelihood of their having escaped obliteration by the explosion.) Mallon and Panek, meanwhile, were in an area heavily infiltrated with the enemy, and it was known that there were enemy troops in the vicinity. It was thought very probable that the two were captured or killed by the enemy, but never known for certain, as they did not appear in the Hanoi prison system to be held with those American POWs who were released. The Vietnamese denied any knowledge of any of the eight men missing that day. Sometime later, family members were told by a squadron mate that his information was that Panek and Mallon had both ejected safely. Mallon had landed on a road near the Mu Gia Pass and was captured almost immediately. Panek landed in nearby trees and his parachute was seen 30 minutes later, being pulled from the trees. Both men were seen in a clearing within the hour, being surrounded, stripped to their shorts, and holding their hands in the air. Neither Mallon nor Panek were ever classified Prisoner of War, however, but were maintained in Missing in Action Status. In December 1988, the Vietnamese returned a number of remains they stated were those of American servicemen to U.S. control. The remains of Mallon, Panek, and the helicopter pilot, Holly G. Bell were subsequently positively identified by the U.S. Casualty Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI). Richard J. Mallon was buried in Willamette National Cemetery. [Narrative taken from; image from]
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