MICHAEL J BLASSIE
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 23 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL JOSEPH BLASSIE

WALL NAME

MICHAEL J BLASSIE

PANEL / LINE

1W/23

DATE OF BIRTH

04/04/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/11/1972

HOME OF RECORD

ST LOUIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

St. Louis City

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL JOSEPH BLASSIE
POSTED ON 9.10.2019
POSTED BY: Sharon Singleton, COL, USAR (Ret.)

Thank you, Brave Airman

Thank you, 1LT Michael J. Blassie, for your service and your sacrifice for our country, for our freedoms. The words thank you seem so inadequate to offer for your sacrifice. May our country and our citizens always remember you and your fellow service members whose names appear on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. So glad your remains were identified and reburied in your hometown. Rest In Heavenly Peace, Brave Airman.
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POSTED ON 4.5.2019
POSTED BY: Sharon Singleton, COL (Ret.) USAR

Thank you, 1LT Blassie.

Thank you, 1LT Michael Blassie, for your selfless service to our country. So happy your remains were identified and that you were buried with full Military honors near your home. May your sacrifice never be forgotten, and may you always be remembered as the hero you are. You sacrificed so much for our freedom. Rest In Peace, my brother in arms.
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POSTED ON 9.14.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of 1LT Michael J. Blassie

Final Mission of 1LT Michael J. Blassie
On May 11, 1972, 1LT Michael J. Blassie was piloting a A-37B Dragonfly from the 8th Special Operations Squadron when it was hit by 23MM anti-aircraft fire two miles north of An Loc during the siege of that city. 1LT Blassie's wingman saw him crash into the ground and witnessed an explosion and fire. He did not see any signs that indicated the survival of Blassie. In October 1972, the U.S. government sent a search team to the crash site (probably in response to the remains recovered by a South Vietnamese Reconnaissance team) and partial skeletal remains were retrieved from the area of the crash and were initially identified by Mortuary Affairs as Blassie. The remains were reclassified as unknown when their projected age and height were judged not to match Blassie's. His remains were then designated as an unknown service member from the Vietnam War by Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine Corps SMAJ Allan J. Kellogg Jr. during a ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 17, 1984, and were transported aboard the USS Brewton to Alameda Naval Air Station. The remains were then sent to Travis Air Force Base on May 24th, and arrived at Andrews Air Force Base the following day. Many Vietnam veterans, President Ronald Reagan, and First Lady Nancy Reagan visited Blassie as he lay in state in the U.S. Capitol. An Army caisson carried his coffin from the Capitol to the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 28, 1984. President Reagan presided over the funeral and presented the Medal of Honor to the Vietnam Unknown. The President also acted as next of kin by accepting the interment flag at the end of the ceremony. In November 1992, the U.S. government again visited the area of the crash site, and found a witness who had heard about the incident. The witness, according to a U.S. government source, took U.S. government representatives to what was believed to be the exact crash site. The crash site, according to the source, had been severely scavenged, and U.S. government investigators were unable to find anything significant pertaining to the Blassie incident. The crash crater, according to the source, was being used by a local farmer for a watering hole. DNA identification had yet to advance to its current state when Blassie's remains were repatriated, and he lay in the Tomb of the Unknowns up to 1998, with visitors paying respects but unaware of his identity. After Blassie's family secured permission, the remains of Blassie were exhumed on May 14, 1998. Based on mitochondrial DNA testing, Department of Defense scientists were able to identify Blassie's remains. On June 30, 1998, the Defense Department announced that the Vietnam Unknown had been identified. On July 10th, Blassie's remains were transported to his family in St. Louis, Missouri, and were later reinterred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. [Taken from pownetwork.org and wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 5.29.2017

Role Call

1st LT Michael Blassie!
We are all so proud and grateful for your sacrifice and that of your loved ones.
Now that you are no longer unknown, you can stand and be counted by name among the heroes that make this the greatest land on Earth.
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POSTED ON 4.7.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK

DEAR LIEUTENANT BLASSIE,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FIXED WING PILOT. WHEN YOU WERE RECOVERED, I READ YOU WERE PLACED IN THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER - A PLACE OF HONOR - FROM 1984 TO 1998. I AM GLAD YOU YOUR FAMILY HAS YOU BACK. WELCOME HOME. 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. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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