“We wanted to know what happened to Michael. But finally finding out was a shock,” says Patricia Blassie, sister of Lt. Michael Blassie, who died in the Vietnam War in 1972.
U.S. Air Force 1st. Lt. Michael J. Blassie and T-38 jet trainer in an undated photo. The 1970 graduate of the Air Force Academy had flown 130 combat missions in Vietnam in 1972 when he was shot down and killed. An Air Force chaplain told his family that Blassie had been killed in action, but his body could not be recovered. That would be the same official explanation the family would hear for the next 26 years. FAMILY PHOTO/FAMILY PHOTO Buy Photo