Colonel Fallon's last transmission to
Air Rescue and support aircraft .....
191700N - 1030600E
On 4 July 1969, Col. Fallon and another A-1 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", and his
wingman, "Firefly 27".
Col. Fallon took his plane down low to observe the Pathet Lao
positions, circled and came back for another pass.
Col. Fallons plane was hit by enemy ground fire while flying
only about 100 feet above ground, but Fallon bailed out.
Col. Fallon reached the ground safely between two 4500 foot ridges.
Pathet Lao troops and machine gun emplacements were on both
ridges, making it difficult for Fallon to move.
Col. Fallon's wingman called for assistance and rescue teams, and
tried to give Col. Fallon some cover fire.
"Firefly 27" was also hit, but continued to lay protective fire until
he was forced to leave the immediate area.
"Fire fly 27" was in trouble, and subseqently made a crash
landing across the border in Thailand.
Col. Fallon maintained radio contact with the planes above,
but they were unable to rescue him because of intense ground
fire from large numbers of Pathet Lao troops.
The troops were converging on Col. Fallon, and his last transmission
received was .... "Put it all around me, I'm hit"
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 husbands fate.
He is one of nearly 600 Americans lost in the "secret war"
When the United States signed peace agreements, Laos was
not included, and no American prisoners held by the Lao
were ever released.
Although the United States Government has received
nearly 10,000 reports concerning Americans still missing in
Southeast Asia, convincing many authorities that hundreds
are still alive, the United States 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 HE CAME HOME
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