JOHN C REILLY
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 81 OF THE WALL

JOHN CHARLES REILLY

WALL NAME

JOHN C REILLY

PANEL / LINE

10W/81

DATE OF BIRTH

12/19/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG DUC

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/22/1970

HOME OF RECORD

CRANSTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Providence County

STATE

RI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN CHARLES REILLY
POSTED ON 3.8.2019
POSTED BY: Jack Anderson

John Reilly

I was a classmate of John (Cranston East). I served in the US Navy (HS-8 Search and Rescue in Vietnam 1968). When I returned from Vietnam I worked at the USPS and met Mr. Charles Reilly John’s dad and found out that John had died in Vietnam. Rest In Peace my friend!
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POSTED ON 3.7.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of WO1 John C. Reilly

Final Mission of WO1 John C. Reilly
On May 22, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17226) from C Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was conducting a low-level sniffer mission, an airborne personnel detector operation in which equipment in the aircraft was used to detect scents unique to human beings in order to locate enemy soldiers in hidden positions. The mission required that the sniffer aircraft fly at tree-top level, making the helicopter vulnerable to enemy ground fire. On this mission, aircraft 226 had an AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter as an escort. The terrain in which they were operating in Quang Duc Province, RVN, was dense jungle and mountains, with the only forced-landing areas limited to bomb craters. The escort helicopter was directing the flight path of 226 from a higher altitude, performing the missions of navigation and cover for the sniffer aircraft. While traveling to the north on an upslope run, 226 called a Mayday engine failure. The aircraft was observed to attempt an autorotative flare and disappear into the trees. Both the aircraft commander and pilot of the Cobra witnessed the crash. All four crewmen on 226 were killed. They were aircraft commander WO1 John C. Reilly, pilot CPT Richard A. Larson, crew chief SP4 James L. Abler, and gunner PVT Richard W. Mehlharff. A passenger also lost his life, SP4 Charles A. Brooks. Two other passengers were injured. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 2.16.2018
POSTED BY: Tom J "Tailspin" Morley Jr

My brother Blue-hatter 3rd WOC, and Hunter AAF, Ga. grad class 69-39

You are always in my thoughts, you big crazy and funny Irishman. You made me laugh and I hope I returned the favor. I rode on the back of your motorcycle, we shared many beers on weekend pass, you picked up my mom & dad at the airport for our graduation ceremony. Mom also born at Cranston, R.I.. You went to 1st Cav and I went to 118th AHC, Bien Hoa. I miss you, until we meet again, God bless you, RIP brother.
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POSTED ON 5.22.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO John Charles Reilly, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 8.27.2009
POSTED BY: Bruce Bender

Very funny, great guy

Reilly was my classmate at Wolters. He was a cut up and very funny. Made me laugh often. I miss you and think of you often and talk of you often.
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