Harry Falls, Jr., lauds hero, Mar 1969
Blast Rips Rescuer inoisan Honored Chicago (AP) Great Lakes, 111, (AP) Air Force Staff Sgt. Donald W. McCollough is a hero. He paid a high price to rescue two pilots from a burning F-4 Phantom jet fully loaded with bombs, rockets, fuel and am- Priest Marries In Rome Home(AP) Former Msgr. G i o v a n n i Musattte, tht closest prelate to the Pope to quit the priesthood, was married today in a Rome church. Musante, 49, formerly llth ranked in the papal household, left the priesthood after more than 25 years as a prolate. His bride was Giovanna Carlevaro, 37. The ceremony was performed in Rome's 15th Century Santa Maria Delia Pace church which was quietly reopened for the occasion. The church Is usually closed to the public. Musante's case caused a furor in the Vatican. When the news was leaked out to the press one month ago, Vatican prelates claimed he was mentally unbalanced and accused him of "sexual delirium." delirium." Musante, a stocky, ruddy- faced man, denied the accusations, accusations, saying he was a normal man. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, he stressed he was remaining in the Roman Catholic faith. "I am a Catholic and so is my fiancee. I have left the priesthood, priesthood, but my faith is unchanged," unchanged," he said. munition in Vietnam. The Morri-s, 111., man is In Great Lakes Naval Hospital undergoing treatment for his injuries, which include cuts and burns to his left leg, a ruptured bladder, second-degree burns of his head and throat and internal injuries. However, the Biggest price he paid for his gallant act was loss of his right arm above the elbow. According to an Air Force spokesman, McCollough, 32, a veteran of 15 years in the Air Force, was stationed with the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base as supervisor of the firefighting rescue team. The plane from which he attempting to rescue the happed happed pilots had crashed during takeoff Jan. 18. It exploded while the airman was attempting attempting to open the cockpit. After the explosion, the commanding commanding officer, Lt. Col. Harry Falls Jr. of Dallas, Tex., said, "McCoHough displayed devotion to duty, bravery and valor above and beyond the call of duty when he attempted to rescue our men. He didn't have approach the burning aircraft so closely, but he did. He earned earned the respect of all our men with his selfless action." Falls and the men of his Â·squadron presented McCollough, the father of five, with a "token of respect for his gallantry" before he was flown out of Vietnam. They presented him with $1,100 in donations and a plaque with a photograph of F-4 Phantoms, the squadron's Insignia, and the signatures of all the officers. Col. Falls said, "The pilots knew how much he had given save one of their own," McCollough told a hospital spokesman he 'hoped to study fire inspection at a school in Chicago when he is released from the hospital.