MELVIN J KILLIAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 99 OF THE WALL

MELVIN JOSEPH KILLIAN

WALL NAME

MELVIN J KILLIAN

PANEL / LINE

2E/99

DATE OF BIRTH

01/31/1922

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/30/1965

HOME OF RECORD

COUNCIL BLUFFS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pottawattamie County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

COL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MELVIN JOSEPH KILLIAN
POSTED ON 12.12.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Col Melvin Killian, Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot. You were identified in 1985, Welcome home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Advent, and we are beginning our preparations. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.31.2018
POSTED BY: Karen Bennett Raubuck

Memorial Day Miracle

I was contacted on Memorial Day by the granddaughter of this Brave Hero. I have sent my POW/MIA bracelet that I wore for years to her. She is named Killian in honor of her grandfather. A circle has been completed. We Never Forget. Thanks for the help this website gave me in searching for this Hero’s Family.
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POSTED ON 5.27.2018
POSTED BY: Kim Macfarlan

You were my POW/MIA bracelet hero

I was just a little kid, I had no real appreciation for what POW/MIA bracelets stood. But, I knew the name was important, I knew I wore the name of a hero and I have never forgotten the name on my bracelet - Colonel Melvin J Killian.
Thank you sir.
Respectfully,
A kid who never knew you but never forgot you
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POSTED ON 10.19.2017
POSTED BY: Richard C Stanland, Jr. AO3098638 USAF 1959 to 1963

Nostalgia Trip to Clark AFB, Philippines

I was stationed with Col. Killian at Clark 1961 to 1963 during which time he was Commander of the 509th FIS flying Deuces and I was OIC for the huge bomb dump we had there. I just returned to Clark this summer and found the old 102 alert hanger still there dug out of the ash. Many fond memories rekindled of our time together.RIP Dick Stanland
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POSTED ON 4.27.2016

Final Mission of COL Melvin J. Killian

COL Melvin J. Killian was a USAF pilot attached to 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which he served as its commanding officer. It was based at Takhli Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand. On September 30, 1965, COL Killian led a flight of F-105 aircraft against a highly significant military target. COL Killian proceeded on an unerring course to the target area. Arriving ahead of the main flight, he began an aerial survey of the area in order to give final navigational assistance to the incoming flight. Although subjected to intensive hostile ground fire, COL Killian flew his aircraft over the gun emplacements while giving encouragement and directions as each pilot braved the withering ground fire. His overwhelming desire for successful mission completion, and his concern for the safety of each pilot forced him to disregard his own personal safety while continuously flying within range of the ground fire. His aircraft was struck by a SA-2 missile and brought down. COL Killian was killed and his body was not recovered. Nearly twenty years later, on March 20, 1985, his remains were repatriated and positively identified. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery where he lies beside his wife and 2 sons. [Taken from arlingtoncemetery.net]
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