DINAN, DAVID THOMAS III
RIP - 18 August, 2017 - Air Force Reserve 1st Lt. David T. Dinan, III, killed during the Vietnam War, has now been accounted for.
Name: David Thomas Dinan III
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Unit: 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 22 January 1944
Home City of Record: Nutley NJ
Date of Loss: 17 March 1969
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 192258N 1033658E (UG558448)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
SYNOPSIS: The contrast between fighter and attack squadrons in Vietnam was
not as striking as in previous wars. Fighter pilots have long held the
attention of aviation enthusiasts and the American public, a fondness dating
back to the days of the dramatic exploits of the Red Baron in World War I.
But attack pilots, except for brief moments of public glory--the Korean War
film, "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," is one notable example--have been relegated
to plodding unnoticed in the aviation trenches to conduct an unglamorized
and relatively under-publicized air-to-mud business.
Vietnam, however, was an air-to-ground war. There were a considerable number
of duels in the skies over North Vietnam and the exploits of MiG killers
have been well documented. But those aerial duels were just a thin slice of
the air-war pie. Fighter pilots, not wanting their talents to go to waste,
also flew air-to-mud.
1Lt. David T. Dinan III was a pilot from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron
at Korat Airbase, Thailand. On March 17, 1969, Dinan was assigned a combat
mission which took him over Laos.
During the mission, Dinan's aircraft was hit by enemy fire and he ejected.
His parachute was shredded when it hit trees, however, and he sustained what
were believed to be fatal injuries from falling through the trees and down
an embankment. Dinan was declared Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
Dinan is among nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos. Some, like
Dinan, are believed to be dead. Many, however, are known to have been alive
on the ground following their shoot downs. Although the Pathet Lao publicly
stated on several occasions that they held "tens of tens" of American
prisoners, not one American held in Laos has ever been released. Laos did
not participate in the Paris Peace accords ending American involvement in
the war in 1973, and no treaty has ever been signed that would free the
Americans held in Laos.
Nutley Lt. David Thomas Dinan III's military identification card was recently found by a rescue team, 45 years after his body was left in Laos during the Vietnam War.
"It was just absolutely astounding," John Dinan, David's brother, of Nutley told the Sun. "I never thought they would find anything.".....- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/nation/45-years-later-nutley-soldier-s-belongings-recovered-1.1041665#sthash.hbxiwb5z.dpuf
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 18 August, 2017 07:37
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Subject: Airman Killed During Vietnam War Accounted For (Dinan)
Air Force Reserve 1st Lt. David T. Dinan, III, killed during the Vietnam
War, has now been accounted for.
On March 19, 1969, Dinan was a member of the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron,
288th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force, and was the pilot of the number
two aircraft in a flight of two F-105s on a strike mission over northern
Laos. During the second strafing pass over the target, Dinan transmitted a
distress message. The Forward Air Controller then observed Dinan's parachute
enter the jungle, as well as an aircraft crash. Search and rescue aircraft
conducted an aerial search and located a parachute and confirmed the death
of the pilot, however, due to enemy fire in the area and the hazardous
location, his body could not be recovered. The U.S. Air Force subsequently
reported Dinan as killed in action.
Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10
days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Dinan's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle
Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the
Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has
been accounted for.
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