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Lieut Medon Armin “Budi / Don” Bitzer
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Lieut Medon Armin “Budi / Don” Bitzer

  • Birth 5 Jun 1927 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 8 Jan 1952 North Korea
  • Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Plot Courts of the Missing
  • Memorial ID 41813586

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Don grew up in and called Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee home after his father's work brought them here in November of 1929. He attended school in Johnson City until his high school years and then he followed his older brother Conrad to the Tennessee Military Institute (TMI Academy) in Sweetwater, Tennessee. After Conrad graduated Don switched to the Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee and graduated with the Class of 1945.

Don enlisted in the United States Army on 5 September 1945 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia with service number 44125243 just as World War II was coming to an official end. After that, he applied for the United States Military Academy (West Point) and since he'd already graduated a four year military academy, he was accepted. Don attended the United States Military Academy (USMA) Preparatory School at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. He slipped into his grays on 1 July 1946 and into a new adventure. Don graduated the USMA with the Class of 1950 as a newly appointed Second Lieutenant with a slot into the United States Air Force's pilot program.

Don became a fighter pilot and flew a RF-51D Mustang fighter bomber assigned to the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter Bomber Group. While on a combat mission over North Korea his plane took a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire. The plane burst into flames & crashed. Don's body has never been recovered.

Don was 24 years old and the son of Medon Amandus Bitzer and Helga Margaretha Erica Brackenbusch. His older brother Guenther Conrad Bitzer served in the United States Army during World War II and was Killed in Action.

Don also has a memorial marker at Mount Hope Cemetery, Protestant Lot 292 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.


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  • Maintained by: Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)
  • Originally Created by: Randy
  • Added: 10 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41813586
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Medon Armin “Budi / Don” Bitzer (5 Jun 1927–8 Jan 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41813586, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret) (contributor 47390608) .