Welcome to "Russell's Page"
featured here is the Graveside Service, Funeral Card
& Obituary! Please join his family in one last
tribute to a wonderful Husband and Father whom we miss so dearly........
died, Friday, Aug. 6, 1999 in Scranton.
He was a Chief Warrent Officer-4, in the
U. S. Army for 32 years. He served in several
different airborne units including the 101st
Airborne Division and Fifth Special Forces.
He served one tour of Duty in Korea and two
tours in Vietnam.
During his career, Dillingham made over
8,000 parachute jumps, and received 39
awards including the Legion Of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star,
Air Medal (25 combat missions), Army
Commendation Medal with four oak leaf
clusters. Good Conduct Medal (five times),
Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense
Service with one oak leaf cluster. Korean
Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal (six campaigns),
United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam
Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge,
Master Parachutists Badge, Meritorious
Unit Commendation with one oak leaf cluster,
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with one palm (one
as a unit and one as a single), Vietnam Civil
Actions Honor Medal First Class, Vietnam Honor
Jump Wings, and Parachute Rigger Wings.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge,
American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars,
Retired Officers Association and the
Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 11, 1999 at Roller Chapel in Paris. His
body was cremated. Burial will be at Jefferson
Barracks Cemetery at St. Louis, MO. at a later
Survivors include his wife Patti Lee
Dillingham of Scranton; one daughter,
Laura Dillilngham of Tempe, Ariz.,
four sons, Thomas of Scranton, Russell E.
Dillingham II of Phoenix, Ariz., Scott Dillingham
of Chandler, Ariz., and Sean Dillingham of Tempe, Ariz.,
one sister,Joy Dillingham of Taos, N.M.; and eight
grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by a son, Bruce Dillingham.