CW2 Francis "Gene" E Dalberg was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 08/24/1979 at the age of 32.2 from A/C accident
Yuma, AZ
Flight Classes 67-503 and 67-23
Date of Birth 06/08/1947
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Doug Holt (nephew), John Gabrielson

More detail on this person: F. Eugene Dalberg, Former Resident, Dies in Helicopter Crash

F. Eugene Dalberg, 32, former Richland County resident and a veteran of the Viet Nam war, died in a helicopter crash while working as chief pilot for Ag Spray in Yuma, Ariz., Friday (Aug. 24, 1979).

Mr. Dalberg was born June 8, 1947, in Richland County. He was the son of Francis and Vera Dalberg.

Mr. Dalberg graduated from Richland Center High School in 1965 and attended the UW Platteville for a semester before enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving as a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam. In civilian life he had worked as a pilot in Hawaii, Washington and Arizona.

While working for Paradise Helicopters in Oahu, Hawaii in 1977 or 1978, he survived a crash in an Enstrom F-28.

From: Richland Center, Wis., newspaper, Aug 30, 1979

According to an aunt (Sharon - another sister), Eugene started in the Army as a helicopter mechanic and went on as a pilot. "He was shot down in Vietnam and thank goodness crash-landed on a hill in U.S. occupied territory. He was sent to Tokyo, Japan, for a month to recoup from a leg injury," she said.

As a Warrant Officer, Gene was awarded on May 3, 1986, the Air Medal "for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 9 March 1968 to 17 March 1968."

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