John Paul Falcone, JrCaptain
HQ CO, 3RD BN, 8TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
28 October 1939 - 11 November 1967
Hampton, New Hampshire
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The database page for John Paul Falcone, Jr
John Paul Falcone Jr
Son of the late John P Sr. and Jean Falcone of Hampton, NH
I was only 4 years old when my dad left for the Vietnam war and 5 when he perished serving the country he loved in Kontum, South Vietnam. I can still remember both of these days like they were yesterday. I will never forget the plane that took him away and the soldier that came to our house to tell my mother he would not be coming back. I remember his big hands and his smile. I have always walked in his shadow. Inheriting so much of him, looks, love of football, baseball and track and not to mention many of the same mannerisms.
I was so young when he died I never really realized how much of an impact that his death had to anyone except for that of my family until one winter day a couple of years ago. I was coaching a basketball game for my youngest daughter in western New Hampshire. In the middle of the game an older gentleman came up to me and asked that I step outside to talk. It was in the middle of a game, but the gentleman was so distraught I felt I had no other choice. When we stepped aside he asked me if I knew John P. Falcone - I did of course, I told the gentleman I was his son. He cried ... I have never before this realized just how much of an impact my Dad had made to others outside of our family until this day. He was a special man, and from the stories I have heard since make me even that much more proud to be able to say I am his son.
From his son,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe Battle for Dak To covered a period of 30 days, from 01 November to 01 December 1967, pitting elements of the 4th Infantry Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade against the North Vietnamese Army's 24th, 32nd, 66th, and 174th Regiments. The casualty database lists 314 hostile-fire deaths in Kontum Province during the period, with the great majority resulting from the heavy fighting around Dak To. Between 04-11 November the 3rd Bn, 8th Infantry lost 40 men at Hill 724, with 21 of those deaths resulting from the final major engagement on 11 November:
Prior to completing college and receiving his commission in the Army, Captain Falcone served in the Marine Corps and was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal upon completion of that service.
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Christopher Paul Falcone
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 01 Jan 2007
Last updated 01/02/2007