CPT Joseph W. Gallo was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/02/1978 at the age of 34.0 from A/C accident
Philadelphia, PA
Flight Class 69-24
Date of Birth 10/09/1944
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HML-367 in 69-70
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More detail on this person: Last Known Activity Dana Gallo said her husband advised her to sue if he died flying a Harrier. "He had lost too many friends in accidents," she said. "He loved the aircraft, loved what it could do, but it was not a forgiving aircraft." His AV-8A Harrier crashed in the Chocolate Mountains east of California's Salton Sea during a bombing training run. He flew into the ground inverted, according to his wingman. No cause was ever determined, Dana Gallo said. She never sued. Gallo had flown Cobra helicopters in Vietnam and was one of the first Marine helicopter pilots to make the transition to the Harrier. After learning to fly the plane, he had served in Japan and the Mediterranean. The son of a career Army officer, Gallo was due for a promotion to major when he was killed, Dana Gallo said. He was 34. He left two sons, who were 2 and 5 at the time of his death

Burial information: Santa Maria Cemetery District, Santa Maria, CA

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