On Silver Wings
They Flew The Skies
These Brave Young Men
Who Fought And Died
When Duty Called
They Went So Brave
Now Families Mourn
Beside Their Grave
Who Can Forget
What Courage They Had
Some Have,Some Did
And That's So Sad
Squadronmate and a Friend
I flew A-37B's with Mike in the 8th SOS, a great pilot and a good guy. He was shot down at An Loc trying to keep the NVA from overrunning the town and it's defenders. Three aircraft were lost there that few days, Mike's A-37, a USAF 0-2, and a VNAF A-1. The NVA did not take the town! You are not forgotten....
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR TO THIS LOST HERO OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
MICHAEL JOSEPH BLASSIE
8th SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
377th AIR BASE WING
7th AIR FORCE
CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF
THE SILVER STAR
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael Joseph Blassie (490-52-6882), First Lieutenant, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Blassie distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 8th Special Operations Squadron, 377th Air Base Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
- CITIUS - ALTIUS - FORTIUS -
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
18 June 2001
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mary Frye – 1932