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 6.18.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG AIR FORCE PILOT<<<<<>>>>>WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

1ST LIEUTENANT

MICHAEL JOSEPH BLASSIE


8TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON




ON MAY 11, 1972

AT ABOUT DAWN, AS ENEMY TANKS CLOSED IN ON AN LOC's DEFENDERS,

THE KLAXON HORN SOUNDED, SUMMONING MICHAEL JOSEPH BLASSIE

AND THEN-MAJOR JAMES CONNALLY, THE FLIGHT LEADER, TO THEIR

OLIVE-DRAB A37 ' DRAGONFLY ' FIGHTER AIRCRAFT.

ONCE IN THE AIR, OVER AN LOC, ABOUT 60 MILES NORTH OF SAIGON,

THEY BEGAN TO SWOOP DOWN OVER THEIR ENEMY TARGETS TO BEGIN

THEIR BOMBING RUNS AND EVERYTHING WAS RUNNING SMOOTHLY.

SUDDENLY, THOUGH, LT BLASSIE's JET BEGAN TO TRAIL WHITE VAPOR

AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ONE WING APPEARED TO TEAR AWAY FROM

THE FUSELAGE. THE A37 BEGAN TO ROLL TO THE RIGHT AND DOVE DOWN

TO THE GROUND WHERE IT PLUNGED INTO A THICK STAND OF JUNGLE,

KICKING UP A CLOUD OF SMOKE AND DEBRIS. CONNALLY DETERMINED

THAT ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM THE VICINITY HAD CAUSED THE WING

ON LT BLASSIE's AIRCRAFT TO BE BLOWN AWAY CAUSING HIS DEATH.


His Commanding Officer, COLONEL MEL LEDBETTER, later said about him-

"Mike was a natural. He was just calm and tough
and very level-headed in everything he did".


1ST LIEUTENANT

MICHAEL JOSEPH BLASSIE

WAS A GRADUATE OF THE

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

AT COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

IN THE CLASS OF 1970


UPON HIS GRADUATION HE WENT TO

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, MISSISSIPPI

FOR HIS FLIGHT TRAINING


HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED


THE SILVER STAR

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

THE AIR MEDAL with 4 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS

THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL


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From MAY 28, 1984 until MAY 14, 1998

he was interred in

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

as the Vietnam War

UNKNOWN SOLDIER


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"He was a mentor. He was a hero. He deserves to be known".

"Today was a significant day for us. This has meant so much to us".

"We believe Michael would have been proud
of how we pulled together to bring him home".


From a statement by his brother, GEORGE BLASSIE, before the
funeral on July 11, 1998, at JEFFERSON BARRACKS NATIONAL CEMETERY



To view images of his gravesite,

please go to.....


www.findagrave.com/photos/4245.html



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POSTED ON 1.1.2001
POSTED BY: robert friend

Less We Forget

In remembrance of this fine young man, american, and Air Force pilot.....LESS WE FORGET...may your family find peace,with love from a greatful nation, Robert A. Friend.
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POSTED ON 6.24.2000
POSTED BY: Michael Robert Patterson

A Family Says Good Bye

Michael Joseph Blassie's family attending his re-burial in St. Louis, Missouri, 11 July 1998

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/vietnam.htm
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POSTED ON 6.24.2000
POSTED BY: Michael Robert Patterson

"I Once Was Lost But Now I;m Found..."

The gravesite of Michael Joseph Blassie in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/vietnam.htm
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POSTED ON 6.24.2000
POSTED BY: Michael Robert Patterson

In Honored Remembrance

Michael Joseph Blassie was killed in action in Vietnam and his remains were found but not identified at the time.

From May 24, 1984 until May 14, 1998, Lieutenant Blassie served his country again as the Vietnam Unknown Soldier and his remains were buried with the Unknown from World War I, World War II and the Korean War on the East Plaza of the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.

In May 1998, through the use of DNA examination, Michael Joseph Blassie was identified. His remains were subsequently returned to his family for burial in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, on 11 July 1998.

"I once was lost, but now I'm found..."

http://wwww.arlingtoncemetery.com/vietnam.htm
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