Michael  J.  Bosiljevac  
  Rank, Service
Major O-4,  U.S. Air Force
  Veteran of:
U.S. Air Force Academy 1963-1967
U.S. Air Force 1967-1972
Cold War 1967-1972
Vietnam War 1971-1972 (POW-Died in Captivity)

Michael 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 then received an Air Force Institute of Technology assignment to the University of Minnesota, where he received his Masters degree in 1969. Lt Bosiljevac next attended Undergraduate Pilot Training but did not complete the course. He then went through Undergraduate Navigator Training, graduating in November 1970, and Electronic Warfare Officers training, graduating in July 1971. Bosiljevac next attended F-105G Wild Weasel upgrade training and was assigned to the 17th Wild Weasel Squadron of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing stationed at Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, in November 1971. While flying a mission over North Vietnam on September 29, 1972, he and his pilot were forced to eject. Bosiljevac was captured but died in captivity four days later from his injuries, on October 3, 1972. Major Bosiljevac's remains were returned to the United States on September 24, 1987.

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.


Prisoner of War
North Vietnam
29 September 1972 - 3 October 1972



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