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Lieut Herbert Hugh "Herb" Dilger
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1943
Valley Stream
Nassau County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 2, 1969, Vietnam

In loving memory of... Lt. Herbert Hugh Dilger.
*** Lieutenant Dilger, U.S. Naval Reserve, was a member of Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 50, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan. On October 2, 1969, he was a passenger in a Grumman Greyhound Transport Aircraft (C-2A) en-route from Cubi Point Naval Station to the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64) in the Gulf of Tonkin. Contact was lost when the aircraft was about 10 miles from the carrier. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 26
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jan 21, 1943
Marital Status: Single - Father: Herbert Frank Dilger (Born Sept. 27, 1905 in Mariah Hill, Indiana and Died Aug. 11, 1983 in Valley Stream, L.I. NY.)
* Paternal Grandparents: William Frank E. Dilger Born May 29, 1879, in Spencer Cnty, Indiana and Died Oct. 23, 1962 FAG #136997639 And Ida Johanna Bosler Dilger Born April 28, 1880 and Died May 10, 1959.FAG #136997688. Both buried in Saint Michael Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
(Your Dad's Sister and Brothers)Uncles, Edwin Nicholas Dilger, Robert John Dilger, Joseph Edward Dilger and Lawrence William Dilger and Aunt Mary Margaret Diler.
* Maternal Grandparents: Nicholas Bosler and Josephine Bosler (born Marker). Nicholas was born in December 1853, in Indiana, United States. Josephine was born in 1852.

*** Hi Eddieb - No, I do not mind that you added my info to his site. I wish I could help you with regards to a head stone but I am not aware of one. All I know is that there was a memorial Mass for him in NY that my dad & all of his siblings attended but none of us in the expanded family were able to attend. I know that his brother, Darrel moved to Florida some years ago but I do not have any contact info for him. However I will try to contact a cousin in Louisville who may have more knowledge regarding a headstone or how I could contact my cousin Darrel.
I am genuinely appreciative of you interest on behalf of Herbert. This kind of memorial work that you & others do goes a long way in keeping their memories alive & in honoring all of our veterans for the sacrifices they made.
It may be a little while before I get any answers but I promise you that you will hear back from me at some point.
Kathy (Dilger) Rokadia

***** Dear Eddieb -
I am not writing to make any correction(s), rather to THANK YOU for this memorial information on Herbert Hugh Dilger. He was my first cousin - our fathers were brothers. I only met him once. On his way to reporting for service, he stopped in at my Aunt & Uncle's home in Louisville, Ky. where the family had gathered. Herbert lived in NY with his brother & parents whereas the rest of our DILGER clan still lived in Louisville at that time. Uncle Herbert, Aunt Anne & my 2 cousins were rarely in Louisville. In fact the only other time I'm aware that they had come to Louisville was for my grandparent's 50th anniversary when I was only 2 years old. I am currently working on our family genealogy & was very excited to discover this site & all the details of his service.
So once again, many thanks for the service you are providing to those of us who are searching :)

***** As I recall, all these many years later, Herb was ready to muster out of the Navy and was already accepted to law school. He was, infact, commanding his last scheduled flight. He had many plans for his future. I was a pilot of the C2A in VRC-50, along with Herb and many other fine men. His tragic loss, along with 25 others that day shook our squadron to its core. Herb, to you and your family, you are not forgotten, but remembered fondly, admired and respected. A grateful nation remembers, as do I.
Chip McDonnell, LT, USNR, VRC-50 1968-1971

LT - O3 - Navy - Reserve
Length of service 4 years
His tour began on Oct 2, 1969
Casualty was on Oct 2, 1969
In Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: O3
Rank: Lieutenant
ID No: 112342105
MOS: 1315: Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot)
Length Service: 04
Unit: VRC-50, 7TH FLEET

Incident Date: 10/02/1969
Casualty Date: 10/02/1969
Age at Loss: 26
Location: Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam
Remains: Body not recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Pilot

Body was not recovered
Panel 17W - Line 25

Other Personnel In Incident: Terry L. Beck, Richard A. Livingston, Rayford J. Hill, Paul K. Moser, and Michael J. Tye, Richard W. Bell, Michael L. Bowman, Frank L. Bytheway, Rolando C. Dayao, Donald C. Dean, Carl J. Ellerd, James J. Fowler, Roy G. Fowler, Leonardo M. Gan, Paul E. Gore, William D. Goresuch, Delvin L. Kohker, Howard M. Koslosky, Robert B. Leonard, Ronald W. Montgomery, William R. Moore, Kenneth M. Prentice, Fidel G. Salazar, Keavin L. Terrell and Reynaldo R. Viado.

On 2 October 1969, a C2A from Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 50, NAS Atsugi, Japan was transferring crewmen from Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines to the USS Constellation task force located in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The crew of the C2A assigned to this early morning flight was comprised of Lt. Herbert H. Dilger, pilot; Lt. Richard A. Livingston, co-pilot; AMS3 Rayford J. Hill, crewmember; ADJ3 Paul K. Moser, crewmember; and ADJ3 Michael J. Tye, crewmember.

After take off, Lt. Dilger reported "Ops Normal." Communications with other squadron aircraft and the carrier's air control center indicated operations were normal.

The carrier's radar continued tracking the Greyhound until approximately 55 minutes after takeoff, when radar contact was lost. The last radar position was approximately 26 miles out from the USS Constellation.

An extensive search and rescue operation was immediately initiated.

Shortly thereafter other aircraft in the area began sighting an oil slick and debris. A search and recovery helicopter launched from the ship was able to recover a few pieces of the aircraft.

The recovered debris indicated that the aircraft was in a relatively high-speed nose down, right wing down impact with the water, or a possible right wing failure before impact.

During the thorough search no bodies of the crew and passengers were found. At the time the formal search was terminated all 26 men were reported as Killed /Body Not Recovered.

There is virtually no chance that the crew and passengers on board the C2A Greyhound can ever be recovered due to the type of loss.


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Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
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Record added: Feb 26, 2012
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