MICHAEL J BOSILJEVAC
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 70 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL JOSEPH BOSILJEVAC

WALL NAME

MICHAEL J BOSILJEVAC

PANEL / LINE

4W/70

DATE OF BIRTH

10/09/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/29/1972

HOME OF RECORD

OMAHA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Douglas County

STATE

NE

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

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ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL JOSEPH BOSILJEVAC
POSTED ON 5.6.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR MAJOR BOSILJEVAC,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ELECTRONIC WARFARE OFFICER WITH THE WILD WEASEL SQUADRON. I READ THAT YOU WERE A POW WHEN YOU DIED. SIGH. I AM GLAD YOU WERE IDENTIFIED IN 1988. WELCOME HOME. SUNDAY WAS THE 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF SAIGON. I AM SO SORRY. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 3.6.2017
POSTED BY: John Bizal

An Admiration

I was a fellow St. Peter and Paul parishioner of Mike's, six years behind him. A strong memory of him is Christmas midnight Mass. He was in his Academy uniform, standing so tall and ramrod straight. I thought he was the closest thing I'd ever seen to a Greek god. I still do. A loss to the parish, the city, the country. Rest in peace.
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POSTED ON 8.1.2014

Final Mission of CAPT Michael J. Bosiljevac

LTC James W. O'Neil was the pilot and CAPT Michael J. Bosiljevac the EWO (Electronic Warfare Officer) of an F-105G jet fighter which was shot down by a Soviet SAM (Surface to Air Missile) on September 29, 1972. Both Bosiljevac and O'Neil ejected successfully, and landed 23 miles southwest of Hanoi. Radio Hanoi/Moscow/Cuba reported the capture of both "pilots" alive (FIBIS) on 29 September 1972. O'Neil was subsequently transferred to Hoa Lo (the "Hanoi Hilton") and repatriated March 29, 1973. Upon his release, O'Neil stated that he had observed Bosiljevac in the parachute and that Bosiljevac had manually cut the parachute risers for control and deployed his survival kit for landing. On about the fifth day of his confinement O'Neil asked an English-speaking turnkey about Bosiljevac. The turnkey later returned and said, "He is alive, well, uninjured, and luckier than you." Repeated USG, as well as family, inquiries met with little response from the DRV/SRV. In fact, the Socialists Republic of Vietnam (SRV) wrote to the family of Mike Bosiljevac and claimed to have "no knowledge of Mr. Michael J. Bosiljevac," and further stated that "they no longer hold prisoners within Vietnam." Yet, on September 21, 1987, the government of Vietnam provided Bosiljevac's name and his remains were returned to USG control on September 24, 1987. The Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI) released the remains for a second opinion in January of 1988, and final identification occurred in January 1988. Bosiljevac's remains were returned to Omaha, Nebraska for burial on February 10, 1988. On August 1, 1989, Mike Bosiljevac's records were corrected to reflect that he Died in Captivity. While this correction does not define the total duration of his captivity, it stands as a matter of record. Michael J. Bosiljevac was promoted to the rank of Major as a posthumous award. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.com]
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POSTED ON 9.29.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major Michael Joseph Bosiljevac, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 3.17.2013
POSTED BY: Norene Potter Doster

To Mike and Kay

I was Kay neighbor down the street. I was freinds with Mike's sister at SS Peter & Paul. I remeber her at Ryan High School. I remember the store by the family homes. She was always nice to the short Lille girl up the street. Unfortunately my POW bracelet came back in the wrong name. I've cried for you and his family for years. My prayers are always with you and I hope for your future happiness.

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