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BILLY JOHN COLEY

  • Wall Name:BILLY J COLEY
  • Date of Birth:7/8/1938
  • Date of Casualty:12/20/1963
  • Home of Record:ENNIS
  • County of Record:ELLIS COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 39
  • Casualty Province:BA XUGEN

JOHNNY CRAWFORD SANDERS

  • Wall Name:JOHNNY C SANDERS
  • Date of Birth:9/3/1917
  • Date of Casualty:12/25/1963
  • Home of Record:JACKSON
  • County of Record:HINDS COUNTY
  • State:MS
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:MSGT
  • Panel/Line: 1E, 39
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

DONALD ALLAN MOLLICONE


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 39 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • My Brother

    Posted on 5/4/17 - by Richard A. Mollicone dickm@goliad.net
    “Don embodied the tenets of Boy Scouting, believing the three promises of the Scout Oath and living the twelve points of the Scout Law well beyond his years in scouting. He gave back what he learned, as a scout leader and mentor. Don carried his beliefs into adulthood during his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and his service in the U.S. Air Force. Don was a ‘good guy’ and our country is poorer for his untimely demise.

    The words from West Point’s Alma Mater are fitting here: “... when our work is done, Our course on earth is run, May it be said, ‘Well done. Be thou at peace.’ “We remember him always with love and respect.”

    I remember fondly, our brotherly rivalry throughout our early military years; Don at the Naval Academy and me at West Point (U.S. Military Academy). A short vignette relative to our rivalry; Don and I were at our respective academies overlapping for three years. You may imagine the boisterous nature of our repartee after attending the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia; someone had to lose and it was boisterous either way. In order to keep peace during our family dinner following the game, our Dad decreed that we both should meet at the 50 yard line and take 5 minutes to rag on each other. Then, nothing more for the rest of the evening. It worked well. Mom and dad were ever proud of their sons.
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  • Air Loss - Fixed Wing

    Posted on 6/1/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    1LT Donald A. Mollicone was killed in a “freak accident" on December 20, 1963, when his O-1F (# 57-2831) forward air control plane from the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron crashed at Soc Trang Airfield. At the time of the crash, Mollicone was not stationed at Soc Trang. His crew had stopped there for a short time. He was taking 1LT Billy J. Conley, to another site, probably back to Bien Hoa, where Mollicone was assigned. The plane took off on an empty tank and stalled about 300 feet in the air. Had it been another 200 feet higher, they might likely have had time to recover and survive the incident. Both Mollicone and Conley suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from togetherweserved.com and coffeltdatabase.org]
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  • If I should die...remembrances for 1LT Donald Allan MOLLICONE, USAF...who died for our country!!!!!!

    Posted on 3/11/15
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/16/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Donald Allan Mollicone, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Put A Face With A Name

    Posted on 1/17/08
    Donald A. Mollicone is remembered at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational Center. To learn more search on www.njvvmf.org.
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