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is honored on Panel 28W, Line 42 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/18/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
  • Final Mission of SGT Antonio L. Alho

    Posted on 1/13/16 - by
    On March 26, 1969, a UH-1F (tail number 63-13158) from the 20th Special Operations Squadron (20th SOS) “Green Hornets,” operating out of Ban Me Thuot East Airfield, crashed and burned near D?c My, north of Nha Trang, South Vietnam. The aircraft was flying at about 4,000 feet when it experienced severe vibration and auto-rotation was initiated but during the descent the main rotor severed the tail boom. In all, seven military personnel were lost in this incident: three crewmen and four passengers. The lost crewmen included pilot LTC Frank A. Difiglia, crew chief TSGT Jesse C. Bowman, and gunner SGT Antonio L. Alho. The lost passengers comprised COL Donald G. Lepard, COL JBL Levesque, CAPT Walter C. Booth, and CAPT Robert W. Fields. One source suggests there was an eighth fatality in the incident, a U.S. civilian named Mr. Green. The same source claims there was one survivor, a SGT Joslyn. [Taken from,,, and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Antonio Lopez Alho, 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

    Posted on 3/14/10 - by B nelson
    On 26 March 1969 a UH-1 (tail number 63-13158) of the 20th SOS went down. While hostile fire was the suspected cause, the only certainties are that the aircraft was flying at about 4,000 feet when a severe vibration began. The pilot began an auto-rotation to earth, but control was lost during the descent. The main rotor came apart, severing the tail boom. The aircraft crashed and burned near Duc My, SVN, 12 minutes north of Nha Trang, SVN. Eight men died in the crash:

    Aircrew, 20th SOS, 14th SOW

    LtCol Frank A. Di Figlia, pilot, Commanding Officer, Burbank, CA

    TSgt Jesse C. Bowman, Lexington, KY

    Sgt Antonio L. Alho, Naugatuck, CT


    Col Donald G. Lepard, 14th SOW staff, Flint, MI

    Col J B L. Levesque, 14th SOW staff, Van Buren, ME

    Capt Walter C. Booth, 20TH SOS Maintenance Officer, Waukesha, WI

    Capt Robert W. Fields, Flight Surgeon, 14th USAF Hospital, De Land, FL

    Mr. Green, US civilian, assignment unknown

    According to Jim Henthorn, who has compiled a history of USAF helicopter losses, there was one survivor - a Sergeant Joslyn.
  • My Friend

    Posted on 4/7/06
    Tony, I remember how you liked to tinker with your radio set and your old '56 Chevy and how happy and proud you were when you got your new VW beetle. But most of all I remember what a great friend you were. We were so young then, but only one of us got the chance to go on. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for being my friend. I will always remember you.
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