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...Gate Bridge. In 1984, President Reagan led a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for an unidentified soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The remains were later identified as those of Air Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie.
This Day in History

...Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie. In 2002, Leonard Gregg, a part-time firefighter, was charged with starting one of the two wildfires that...
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...Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery should be exhumed to determine whether they belonged to Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie, as his family believed. (The remains were later positively identified as Blassie's.) In 2003, Kevin Millwood...
Juneau Empire Online Archive Opinion and Letters: Known questions, unknown answers 5/4/98

...officials, that the remains of the Vietnam unknown belong to either Army Capt. Rodney L. Strobridge or First Lt. Michael J. Blassie, one a helicopter pilot and the other an attack jet pilot, but both shot down on the same date - May 11, 1972...


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