|Rank||Technical Sergeant U.S. Air Force|
|Date of Death||September 2 1958|
Korean Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Technical Sergeant Mello was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal.
Technical Sergeant Mello was a crew member of a C-130 Hercules transport with the U.S. Air Force. On September 2, 1958, a Soviet MiG-17 shot down the C-130 over Soviet Armenia. All 17 on board were killed. His remains were returned in 1998.