John Edward Darling, Jr

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
17 October 1946 - 18 May 1970
Fremont, Michigan
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Edward Darling, Jr

26 Oct 2001

Lt. Darling was my platoon leader in Vietnam. Sometimes you meet someone and you automatically know they are exceptional people. Lt Darling was this type of a person. He had an air of confidence about him and he was a natural leader. All of the men in our platoon would not have hesitated to follow him through the gates of Hell if he deemed it necessary.

From a comrade in arms in Vietnam,
Jerry Lampier
1319 Big Stone Gap Rd. Duncanville, Tx 75137

16 Jan 2007

John was my counselor at Gerber Scout Camp in the early 1960s. I knew he was going places even then at my young age. I thought about him from time to time, expecting to hear he was running for Senate or something. It was only about 6 years ago that I heard he had died in Vietnam. I knew him briefly but loved him like an older brother. His death still hurts me after all these years. God bless you and keep you John.

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On 18 May 1970 a UH-1H HUEY (hull number 68-16375) from Company C, 158th Aviation Battalion, 101st Abn Division, was lost during
"a re-supply mission in the Ripcord area and had made a radio transmission to an infantry unit after dropping supplies. They had a pay officer and his sergeant with them. Easterling, the crew-chief, jumped from the aircraft prior to impact and was found on an adjacent ridge several days later."
From "A History of Company C, 158th Avn Bn"
The "pay officer and his sergeant" actually were 1LT John Darling and SGT Harry Stone. In addition to 1LT Darling and SGT Stone, three men of C/158 Avn Bn died in the crash:
  • WO1 Nicholas Gabriel Saunders, aircraft commander
  • WO1 Robert Kenneth Cole, copilot
  • SGT Carlton Coe Gray, gunner

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a comrade in arms in Vietnam,
Jerry Lampier
1319 Big Stone Gap Rd. Duncanville, Tx 75137

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Oct 2001
Last updated 05/25/2007