MANSFIELD — An American flag will be raised Thursday, Oct 11, 2018, in front of the Richland County Courthouse at 6 p.m. to honor four deceased Richland County brothers: James G. Dillon, Harry J. Dillon, Paul E. Dillon and Robert A. Dillon.
James Glen Dillon served in the U.S. Army from Oct. 27, 1941 to Oct, 10, 1945. He served as an anti-aircraft artillery crewman, earning the rank of Sgt. E-5. James was born April 22, 1918 and died July 9, 2001. He is buried in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.
Robert A. ‘Red’ Dillon served in World War II with the U.S. Army-Air Force, from 11 June 11, 1942 to Feb. 16, 1946 serving as a radio operator and mechanic. Robert was born Oct. 1, 1920 and died Feb 2, 2006. He is buried in the Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.
Paul Eugene ‘Gene’ Dillon served in the US Army from March 11, 1943 to Jan. 30, 1946, serving as a certified parachutist in the 1530th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion. He earned the rank of sergeant. Paul was born Nov 19, 1922 and died Jan 9, 2001. He is buried in Mansfield Cemetery.
Harry Joseph Dillon, a retiree of the U.S. Army after 20 years, served from Sept. 26, 1949 to March 1, 1970. He also was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Harry served in World War I and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a recipient of a Purple Heart. Harry was born July 3, 1929 and died April 23, 1994. He is buried in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.
The brothers were the sons of Paul D. and Virtlee O’Hearn Dillon.
The honored veteran’s flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building, after which the veterans’ names will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing other veterans honored in the same manner that already are displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.
The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program. To seek this special honor for a deceased family veteran, contact Bruce Phipps, commander of the Richland County Joint Veterans Council, at 419-524-5844.