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SLP99053109 - 31 MAY 1999 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: The gravesite of Michael Blassie gathers flags, coins and flowers as it celebrates the first Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary, May 31. Blassie was transfered from the Tomb of the Unknowns in August 1998 after DNA testing positively identified him as a flyer who had been shot down in the Vietnam war. wy/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
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First Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie (April 4, 1948—May 11, 1972) was an officer in the United States Air Force. Prior to identification of his remains, Blassie was the Unknown service member from the Vietnam War laid to rest at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

After graduating from St. Louis University High School, Blassie entered the United States Air Force Academy. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1970. He then served as a member of the 8th Special Operations Squadron. Blassie died when his A-37B Dragonfly was shot down near An Loc in what was then South Vietnam.

He was the first cousin of professional wrestling star Fred Blassie.

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