John Dullighan

CivSEA Project

John Dullighan 
Boeing-Vertol Corporation

Tech Rep with HMM-165, U. S. Marine Corps
Marble Mountain Air Facility:  January - August 1969

Tech Rep with HC-3, U. S. Navy
USS Camden on Yankee Station:  September 1970 - April 1971

        "What an interesting project.  To be honest, it had never occurred to me to expect any recognition except for the thanks I received from the Marines and sailors I served with.  A number of them told me that I had saved their life and that was all and more than I needed.  I tried to do the best job I could and I have a feeling that I made a difference.  When I left HMM-165, the crew chiefs invited me to their club for a few beers.  One of the guys pushed a set of combat aircrew wings (CAW) across the table and said, 'the guys reckon you rate these.'  I still have them, in fact they're my most prized possession."

John Dullighan
July 7, 2003


John Dullighan's Combat Aircrew Wings,
Boeing Vietnam Service Award,
and Boeing Rescue Award

        John Dullighan was born of Irish parents in 1937 at Liverpool, England.  He received a B. Eng from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1960, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He came to the United States in 1967 to work for Boeing in the field of "fly by wire" flight controls, but became a Field Support Engineer by mid 1968.  Mr. Dullighan spent the next four years providing direct support to helicopter units of the U. S. military:

HMM-165 (USMC) at Marble Mountain (MMAF), on the coast near Da Nang
January 1969 to August 1969

HMM-165 (USMC) at Futenma, Okinawa
August 1969 to December 1969

HMM-261 (USMC) at New River, NC, and Carib 1-70 contingency cruise
January 1970 to July 1970

HC-3 (USN)
August 1970 to September 1971

         NAS Imperial Beach, San Diego, CA
            August 1970 to September 1970

            West Pac Cruise with 7th Fleet on Yankee Station
            September 1970 to April 1971

            NAS Imperial Beach, San Diego, CA
            April 1971 to September 1971

Vietnam & the 'Phrog' by John Dullighan

Boeing Tech Rep...selected experiences of John Dullighan

HMM-165 website

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