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01-14-06, 09:26 AM
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Col. Timothy Fallon was a Marine pilot
Xavier grad grew up in Silverton
By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

Timothy Joseph Fallon - a retired Marine Corps colonel - served for 26 years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

He received the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal in addition to unit citations and campaign ribbons.

Col. Fallon died Jan. 5 of a heart attack in Tucson, Ariz. The Columbia, S.C., resident was 69.

He was "very serious about work (and) very serious about having fun," said his brother, James M. Fallon of Milford. "When he was working he was a typical officer in the Marine Corps; but when it was time to have fun, he knew how to do that, too.

Col. Fallon was born in Cleveland on Jan. 7, 1937.

About three years later, his family moved to Silverton, where he grew up.

A member of the St. Xavier High School Class of 1954, he attended Xavier University from 1954 until 1957, when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He completed flight training in 1960 and joined the Marine Corps Air Service in El Toro, Calif., where he flew the F8 fighter jet.

In 1962, he was transferred to the 1st Marine Air Wing in Atsugi, Japan. He also served as a flight instructor at Whiting Field in Milton, Fla.

He returned to Xavier in 1966 to get a bachelor's degree in history. He served in Vietnam from September 1967 until October 1968, flying the RF-4B Phantom II aircraft.

"I think he approached it just like anything else," said his brother about Col. Fallon's Vietnam experience. "He did what he had to do and that was it. He did learn how to play the guitar over there in his spare time between sorties."

Col. Fallon joined the staff of the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington in 1972. In 1975, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Va. He also earned a master's degree in systems management at the University of Southern California.

He served a tour of duty as an intelligence officer for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan, in 1979 and assumed command of the Marine Wing Support Group 27 in 1980.

His final tour of duty was at Fleet Marine Force in Norfolk, Va., where he was assistant chief of staff, aviation logistics and special projects officer on the staff of the commanding general. He was honorably discharged in 1987.

Col. Fallon was active in church wherever he was living.

"He loved to play golf. Golf and reading were his two biggest retirement functions," his brother said.

In addition to his brother, survivors include a daughter, Alice Fallon Merrell of Havelock, N.C.; a son, Timothy J. Fallon Jr. of Ashburn, Va.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial Mass is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bellarmine Chapel, Xavier University. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 8.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

Ellie

Rest In Peace