Bosiljevac, Michael Joseph, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575A-Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 1575A, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1967 - 1972
Major

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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Omaha
Last Address
Omaha

Casualty Date
Not Specified
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Omaha, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W Line 069

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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force Academy (Staff)School Assignments17th Wild Weasel Squadron388th Tactical Fighter Wing
7th Air Force
  1963-1967, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1968-1970, 1575, Pilot Training Classes 00- thru 09- (PBOC/ENJJPT/JSUPT/UPT/JSTAR/JSUNT/UNT)
  1971-1972, 17th Wild Weasel Squadron
  1971-1972, 1575A, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1971-1972, 1575A, 7th Air Force
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force AcademyUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1963-1967, United States Air Force Academy
  1968-1969, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105G  Wild Weasel  
  1972-1972, F-105G Wild Weasel
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Michael Joseph Bosiljevac was born on October 9, 1945, in Omaha Nebraska. He was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 7, 1967, and  received an Air Force Institute of Technology assignment to the University of Minnesota, where he received a Masters degree in 1969. Lt. Bosiljevac attended Undergraduate Navigator Training in 1970. In July 1971 he graduated from Electronic Warfare Officers Training. Bosiljevac attended F-105G Wild Weasel training and was assigned to the 17th Wild Weasel Squadron  of the 388th Tactical Wing stationed at Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand.
On 29 September 1972, F105G tail number 63-8302 from the 17th "Wild Weasel" Squadron was operating as a SAM suppressor for a strike near Hanoi. Capt. Bosiljevac's  F-105 was locked up by an SA-2 missile radar at Phuc Yen and shortly after wards was struck by a Soviet made SA-2 SAM. Both crewman ejected from the burning aircraft about 23 miles west of Hanoi and were captured. It was learned when his remains were released that Maj. Bosiljevac died in captivity four days later on October 3, 1972. This date, provided by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV)  however, has been questioned, so we are unsure of the exact date of death. The pilot, Lt Col. James W. O'Neil was released during Operation Homecoming, but Michaels remains were not returned until September 24, 1987. Unlike other Airman who were listed as MIA and then KIA/BNR, for some unexplained  reason, Capt. Bosiljevac was promoted to Major only after his remains were returned . 

HIS 2nd SILVER STAR CITATION READS:


Captain Michael J. Bosiljevac distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105G Electronic Warfare Officer near Phuc Yen Airfield, North Vietnam, on 29 September 1972. On that date, while supporting air strikes against enemy storage areas, Captain Bosiljevac repeatedly exposed himself to enemy antiaircraft defenses in order to draw fire away from nearby American Forces. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Bosiljevac continued to engage a surface-to-air missile site despite indications of a missile accurately tracking his aircraft. This courageous and aggressive attack enabled the strike forces to penetrate the target area defenses, successfully complete their mission, and safely withdraw. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Bosiljevac has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. 



 
   
Comments/Citation

Letter from Family:

Michael's DD1300 states regarding his "date of death", that "on 24 Sep 87, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) returned the remains of Maj Bosiljevac to the US Government. The SRV stated that he died on 3 Oct 72, as a result of his injuries. Hence, as a minimum, he is held to have been a Prisoner of War from 29 Sep to 3 Oct 1972."
Please remember, the dates are from a statement of the Vietnamese Gov't, that had denied his existance for 15 years. Therefore, the carefully worded caviat "hence, as a minimum", by the USAF.
I can assure you, that many changing stories were told by the Vietnamese upon further questioning, and forensics showed a much later date of death.
Therefore, it would be appreciated greatly by Michael's family, if the "date of death" was not reflected, as it it not accurate.

Feel free to contact me regarding that issue I raised.
We are very appreciative of your thoughtful remembrance.

Kay Bosiljevac-Schneider

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