Michael Joseph Bosiljevac

United States Air Force
09 October 1945 - 03 October 1972
Omaha, Nebraska
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7TH AF F-105D 17TH TFS (WW)
Silver Star (2) POW Medal

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DFC (2 awards), Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, RVN Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Campaign

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23 Mar 2007

Major Michael Bosiljevac was shot down 29 Sept 1972 over North Vietnam while on a mission. He was the EWO in a F-105G, with the 17th Wild Weasels. The pilot was released during Operation Homecoming, but Michael remained captive. On September 24, 1987 his remains were returned to US Government control. He died in captivity.

From his wife,
Kay Bosiljevac
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The F-105G was a two-seat version of the F-105 fighter-bomber equipped for combat with surface-to-air missile systems. The aircraft normally flew as escort to and SAM suppressors for ground attack aircraft.

On 29 Sep 1972, F-105G tail number 63-8302 from the 17th "Wild Weasel" Squadron at Korat RTAFB was operating as a SAM suppressor for a strike near Hanoi. The aircraft was locked up by an SA-2 missile radar at Phuc Yen and shortly afterwards was struck by an SA-2. The aircraft caught fire and within minutes the crew was forced to eject about 23 miles west of Hanoi. Both crewmen had good chutes, but SAR efforts were turned back due to weather and MiG fighters in the area. The two crewmen were LtCol James W. O'Neil of Los Angeles, California, and Captain Michael J. Bosiljevac of Omaha, Nebraska.

Radio Hanoi announced that both crewmen were captured alive, but only LtCol O'Neil returned with the other POWs; Hanoi denied knowledge of Captain Bosiljevac and he was continued as Missing in Action.

On 24 Sep 1987 his remains were returned by Hanoi, with positive identification announced on 03 Feb 1988.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 Mar 2007
Last updated 05/16/2008