DONALD A. MOLLICONE, 1LT, USAF
Donald Mollicone '60
Date of birth: October 23, 1937
Date of death: December 20, 1963
From the 1960 Lucky Bag:
We were saddened by the unhappy news of the death of Don, who was killed in an aircraft accident in South Viet Nam on 20 December 1963. He is survived by his widow, Rosemarie, who resides at 39 Primrose Lane, Closter, NH. Although the details are not available, it is certain he died in the line of duty. Henceforth, the mere mention of the Americans who have been struck down in far off South Viet Nam will be more meaningful, for we will sadly remember one of our men who was among them. To his family we offer our condolences-to his memory our humble praise. SHIPMATE, March 1964
Donald A. Mollicone was born on October 23, 1937, to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Mollicone. His home of record is Closter, NJ. He had one brother, Richard. Donald graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1960.
Mollicone served in the US Air Force and attained the rank of First Lieutenant (1LT).
Mollicone was killed in action on December 20, 1963, when his O1-E Forward Air Control plane crashed at Soc Trang Airfield. At the time of the crash, Mollicone was not stationed at Soc Trang. His crew had stopped there for a short time. They were to fly back to Bein Hoa.
In 1969, Mollicone Park in Closter was dedicated to Donald. It was rededicated in 1997, with Donald's parents in attendance. The park is located in Closter (Bergen County) on Knickerbocker Road.
His brother, Richard, also served in the US Air Force, and served two tours in Vietnam. New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Don is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As his loss was not due directly to hostile action, though, he does not appear in the VIetnam War section of the Killed In Action panel in Memorial Hall.