JOSEPH C AUSTIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 16E, LINE 109 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH CLAIR AUSTIN

WALL NAME

JOSEPH C AUSTIN

PANEL / LINE

16E/109

DATE OF BIRTH

06/30/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/19/1967

HOME OF RECORD

MOUNDSVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Marshall County

STATE

WV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

COL

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

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POSTED ON 10.4.2019
POSTED BY: KR

COLONEL Joseph Austin - POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY 2019

COLONEL Joseph Austin  - POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY 2019
The Department of Defense conducted a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, 20 September 2019 in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Nordquist remembered the 1,587 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 2018 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 7 Vietnam War MIAs. Colonel Joseph Clair Austin, USMA Class of 1952, is one of those 1,587 MIAs unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is also one of 10 graduates from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who is still MIA. The other 9 USMA MIAs (rank, name & class) are: (1) Col Wallace Hynds (1945); (2) Col Herbert Brennan (1947); (3) Col John Armstrong (1949); (4) Maj Carl Mitchell (1950); (5) Col Lawrence Tatum (1953); (6) Col Robert Stewart (1956); (7) CPT Humbert “Rocky” Versace (1959); (8) Capt James Dawson (1963); & (9) MAJ James “Cliff” McKittrick (1964).

This is the link to the DoD story about the ceremony:

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1967474/prisoners-of-war-missing-in-action-remembered-at-pentagon-ceremony/

This is the link to the C-Span video of the ceremony:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?464524-1/pentagon-hosts-national-powmia-recognition-day-ceremony
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POSTED ON 6.30.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Colonel Joseph Clair Austin Served with the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. Montani Semper Liberi !
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POSTED ON 10.4.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Col Joseph Clair Austin - POW/MIA Recognition Day 2018

Col Joseph Clair Austin - 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 Col Joseph Clair Austin, USMA Class of 1952, is one of the 1,594 unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is also one of 10 graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who is 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 6.30.2018
POSTED BY: kr

MIA Col Joseph C. Austin - Birthday Remembrance (89th)

The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s brother alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point - and a fellow Vietnam War MIA - Col Joseph Clair Austin, USAF, USMA class of 1952, on what would’ve been his 89th birthday – 30 June 2018. As of this date, Col Austin is one of 1,597 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War.
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POSTED ON 3.18.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LTC Joseph C. Austin

Final Mission of LTC Joseph C. Austin
On March 19, 1967, LTC Joseph C. Austin was the pilot of a USAF F-105D Thunderchief (#61-0123), call sign “Warhawk 01,” from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron based at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand. LTC Austin was the flight leader in a flight of four F-105D’s on a strike mission over North Vietnam. After arriving at their primary target, the flight was diverted to an alternate target. To attack, Austin called for normal spacing for the bomb run. There was no anti-aircraft fire in the area, although a few minutes earlier another flight passing through the area had indicated there was. Warhawk 02 was trailing the flight lead by about a mile when he heard Austin call, “Warhawk Lead in.” Warhawk 02 saw the lead aircraft roll in on the target and begin his pull out when Austin’s Thunderchief impacted the ground and exploded. The wingman did not see the canopy separate from the jet nor did he observe a parachute. Warhawks 03 and 04 did not observe the bombing run because of the spacing distance between their aircraft. Search and rescue attempts were not conducted due to the location in North Vietnam. Austin was listed as Missing in Action and was promoted to Colonel during the time he was unaccounted for. His remains have not been recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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