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Friends of Rocky Versace
Alexandria, VA U.S.A.
Memorial Service at Vietnam Wall for USMA 1968’s 20 Fallen Heroes

Members of the USMA Class of 1968 gathered on a knoll adjacent to the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, 9 June 2013 to remember their Fallen Hero Classmates. Joining them were family members of the Fallen, widows, children and grandchildren. This was the 6th Memorial Service conducted by the class and coincided with the 45th anniversary of the graduation of the men from the USMA (5 June 1968). 1LT John F. Darling was one of 20 men from USMA 1968 who made the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 13th man from the class to die in combat in Vietnam.
Nov 26, 2013

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Friends of Rocky Versace
Alexandria VA U.S.A.
1LT John E. Darling - USMA Graduate

1LT John E. Darling was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Nov 26, 2013

Jon E.  Darling
A Proud Veteran
Fargo ND
John, It was 18 years ago when I was looking at the Vietnam Wall and read your name. I am a retired veteran who served in OIF. I just wanted to say, 'thank you for serving our great country' and I'm proud to have the same name as one of our countries heros.
Dec 13, 2008

manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
May 18, 2007

Sarah Lemire
In 1994 the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon (GA) dedicated a building to the memory of John Darling. This bio was included in the program: John Darling received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S Army Signal Corps upon graduation from West Point, USMA in 1968. Assigned to service in Vietnam in 1969. Was present during a combat assaut on an abandoned Fire Support Base Ripcord. The firebase came under intense hostile mortar fire and his Battalion's Tactical Operations Center received a direct hit, wounding the Executive Officer and several other men. Lt. Darling immediately assumed command then administered first aid to the casualties. Braving the impacting rounds, he carried a wounded man to the medical evac helocopter, then returned to the command post to direct armed helicopter support of the Extraction Operation. For his gallatry, he was awarded the Silver Star. Less tha two months later, on 18 May 1970, 1st Lt. Darling was killed in action. He died a hero's death when, on the eve of his rest and relaxation leave, his helocopter was shot down as he voluntarily returned to a Fire Support Base that was under attack. 1st Lt. Darlings numberous awards iclude the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
Sunday, October 17, 1999

Dave DeRose
high school friend
John Darling was a year ahead of me at Fremont High. He was a starer and co-captain on Fremont's 1963 Seaway League Championship football team on which I also played. His leadership was a key ingredient in the success of that team. John was an outstanding young man and I share in his family's deep sense of loss. John will continue to live in the memories of all who knew him.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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