FALLON, PATRICK MARTIN

Name: Patrick Martin Fallon
Rank/Branch: O6/US Aif Force
Unit: Vice Commander, 56th Special Operations Wing, Nakhon Phanom RAFB,
Thailand
Date of Birth: 12 November 1921
Home City of Record: Pittsburgh PA (family in GA)
Date of Loss: 04 July 1969
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 191700N 1030600E (UG004331)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H
Refno: 1463
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled 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. NETWORK in 2020.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Patrick Fallon was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania November 12,
1921. He attended West Point, but dropped out in 1944 to serve in World War
II. In Korea, he flew 125 combat missions, and as a forward air controller,
parachuted behind enemy lines. He came home with a chest full of medals.

In 1968, Colonel Fallon elected to go to Vietnam, and departed for Nakhon
Phanom, Thailand in September 1969, to assume the position of Vice Commander
of the 56th Special Operations Wing. His wife and two daughters waited in
Florida for his return.

On July 4, 1969, Fallon and another A1 pilot were ordered to check out enemy
activity near the town of Xiangkhoang at the edge of the Plain of Jars in
Northern Laos. The flight was led by Col. Fallon, call sign Firefly 26, his
wingman, Firefly 27. Fallon took his plane down low to observe the Pathet
Lao positions, circled and came in for another pass. His plane was hit by
enemy fire at 200 feet, and Fallon bailed out.

Fallon reached the ground safely between two 4500 foot ridges. Pathet Lao
troops and machine gun emplacements were on both ridges. Fallon's wingman
called for assistance and rescue teams immediately. Firefly 27 was hit, but
continued to lay protective fire until he was forced to leave the area. He
subsequently made a crash landing in Thailand. Fallon maintained radio
contact with the planes above him, but they were unable to rescue him
because of the enemy presence. His last transmission advised them, "Put it
all around me, I'm hit".

When the Air Force came to Mrs. Fallon's door to inform her that her husband
had been shot down, she was packed and ready to meet Pat on leave in Hawaii.
When his personal effects were shipped home, she discovered he had flown
over 100 combat missions from NKP, received a Purple Heart and a
Distinguished Flying Cross. He had never told her.

Through the years, reports have surfaced concerning Colonel Fallon as a
prisoner of war in Laos. Mrs. Fallon has never given up her search for
information on her husband's fate. He is one of nearly 600 Americans lost in
the "secret war" in Laos. When the U.S. signed peace agreements, Laos was
not included and no American prisoners held by the Lao were released.

Although the U.S. Government has received nearly 10,000 reports concerning
Americans still missing in Southeast Asia, convincing many authorities that
hundreds are still alive, the U.S. has been unable to find a way to free
those men captured in Laos. One of them could be Colonel Patrick Fallon.
It's time our men came home.

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01/2020

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COL PATRICK MARTIN FALLON

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Colonel Patrick Martin Fallon, who entered the U.S. Air Force from Pennsylvania, served with the 56th Special Operations Wing. On July 4, 1969, he was the pilot of an A-1H Skyraider (tail number 137512) on an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos when his plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to bail out. He landed in a ravine and then radioed that he was in good condition but was under fire from hostile forces moving toward him. His wingman observed enemy infantry surrounding Col Fallonís position and he strafed the area in an attempt to hold back the enemy. The wingman remained in radio contact with Col Fallon for another thirty minutes, but when two helicopters arrived to extract Col Fallon from the area, enemy ground fire prevented a successful rescue. Continued rescue attempts were unsuccessful and Col Fallon was not recovered. Today, Colonel Fallon is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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