John C. Wallace

Posted on February 1, 2010


   John C. Wallace was a member of a three-man Scout team. He was the Pilot of an OH-6A Light Observation Helicopter and John States and Douglas Gossage were both Observers. All three were killed when their helicopter was shot down.

Billy Brown was a friend of Johns.

Wally as John was known by his friends grew up in Neosho, Missouri. He was the son of John L. and Virginia Wallace. He had two sisters and one brother. His oldest sister died before she turned one.

John graduated from high school in 1964 and enrolled in the College of the Ozarks, a private junior college. He was very active on the campus becoming a DJ for the student radio station. He later attended Southwest Missouri State but dropped out to join the Army to become a helicopter pilot. He was married to Janice Brunner of Odessa, Texas.

John was assigned to Charlie Troop 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division(AM) on July 28, 1968 and was Killed In Action on September 26, 1968. For his actions in Vietnam John was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and Army Aviator Wings.