JOHN W ARMSTRONG
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 55 OF THE WALL

JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG

WALL NAME

JOHN W ARMSTRONG

PANEL / LINE

29E/55

DATE OF BIRTH

12/05/1926

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/09/1967

HOME OF RECORD

DALLAS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dallas County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

COL

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG
POSTED ON 10.4.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Col John W. Armstrong - POW/MIA Recognition Day 2018

The Department of Defense conducted a ceremony at the Pentagon in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, 21 September 2018. Secretary of Defense (General) James Mattis remembered the 1,594 MIAs from the Vietnam War as well as all those still unaccounted for from WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. Since the 2017 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 8 Vietnam War MIAs. MIA Colonel John William Armstrong, USMA Class of 1949, is one of those 1,594 MIAs from the Vietnam War and 1 of 10 USMA graduates still MIA.

Here is the link to a DoD article regarding the ceremony:
https://dod.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1642588/mattis-pays-tribute-to-prisoners-of-war-missing-in-action/

This link is a video summary of POW/MIA Recognition Day 2018:

https://dod.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/628092/

This link is to the video of the entire 2018 POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony:

https://dod.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/628048/
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POSTED ON 6.3.2018
POSTED BY: Jeffrey Scharf

In Memory of COL John William Armstrong

For Memorial Day 2018, I planted a tree in Colorado in memory of COL Armstrong. I marked this memorial with a dog tag that I had created in his honor. He will not be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 3.1.2018
POSTED BY: Dean Carter (Son of a now deceased USAF Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Lonnie S. Carter, 1968-72)

BRAVE PILOT

On 9 November 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong and Lieutenant Lance P. Sijan were the crew on board a camouflaged F-4C, one in a flight of two aircraft on a combat operation over Khammouane Province. On their second pass over the target area, a ford in the area of Ban Laboy, their aircraft went through an estimated 60 rounds of 37mm anti aircraft barrage fire. Their aircraft burst into flames, climbed to approximately 9000 feet and then began to descend on a 15-20 second controlled flight before it crashed approximately one kilometer from Route 912.

There was burning throughout the night from the wreckage which landed in a sparsely populated karst area. There were no chute or beepers seen but something appeared to fall from the aircraft. On 11 November 1967, SAR forces established contact with Lieutenant Sijan who was alive on the ground, had a broken leg, and had not had any contact with Colonel Armstrong.

Lieutenant Sijan was never rescued but successfully evaded for 46 days before being captured by People's Army of Vietnam forces. He was taken to Hanoi where he died in captivity on 22 January 1968. While in captivity he related his belief that one of their bombs had exploded immediately upon release and this was the reason for their crash. Also, he believed Colonel Armstrong was killed prior to ejection from the explosion of his aircraft's bomb. Lieutenant Sijan was listed as having died in captivity and his remains were repatriated in March 1974.

Colonel Armstrong was not accounted for during Operation Homecoming and returning U.S. POWs had no information on his precise fate. In June 1974 he was declared dead/body not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death.

INFO: www.faraway-soclose.org/armstrong.html
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POSTED ON 1.9.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Col John W. Armstrong - Update from DPAA (MIA Status)

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) website at the below link, the MIA status of Colonel John William Armstrong, USMA Class of 1949, USAF, is ACTIVE PURSUIT:

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTGQEA4

As of the latest DPAA update (11 September 2017), Colonel Armstrong is one of 1,602 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War.

http://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/2017_stats/Stats20170911.pdf
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POSTED ON 1.9.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Col John W. Armstrong - ABMC (Honolulu Memorial)

MIA Colonel John William Armstrong, USMA Class of 1949, has his name chiseled into one of the "Courts of the Missing" at the Honolulu Memorial in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii. See the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) website at this link:

https://www.abmc.gov/node/511419#.WlVxckxFzIU
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