LTC Carl John Luksic

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LTC Carl John Luksic

Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Death 24 May 2009 (aged 87)
Bay County, Florida, USA
Burial Panama City, Bay County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 79980341 · View Source
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Carl J. Luksic's Distinguished Service Cross Citation:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Carl J. Luksic (ASN: 0-732289), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 May 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Luksic with his flight attacked and dispersed a force of more than fifteen enemy fighters which were engaging a friendly bomber formation and through the aggressiveness of his attack destroyed two enemy planes. Finding himself separated from his flight, he fearlessly continued his attacks and destroyed a third enemy plane. He then joined two friendly fighters and led them in determined attack against more than twenty enemy fighters, and running short of fuel and ammunition, Lieutenant Luksic displayed further will and determination to damage the enemy by expending his remaining ammunition in destroying four oil tank cars on a railway siding. The extraordinary heroism and aggressiveness displayed by Lieutenant Luksic in the face of overwhelming odds reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."

Obituary courtesy of Diane K (#46786200):
"Retired LTC Carl John Luksic of Panama City, Florida, age 87, departed this life on Sunday, May 24, 2009, the day before Memorial Day.
Col. Luksic had been a resident of Panama City, Florida, since 1965. He was born in Hawaii and raised in Joliet, Illinois.
He enlisted in the United States Army the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Carl was assigned to the Army Air Corps on 21 March 1942 and by 30 October that same year had won his wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. He was assigned to the 487th squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group which was equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt. The 352nd FG deployed to England in July of 1943 and was based in Bodney.
He retired after serving 29 years of active service as a fighter pilot/instructor.
His tours of duty included World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He completed his flight training in 1942.
He shot down five enemy aircraft in one combat mission, making him the first "ace in a day" fighter pilot in the 8th Air Force.
After destroying a total of 15½ enemy aircraft, air and ground, Col. Luksic was shot down on Mothers Day 1944. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag 3 for nine months. He and a friend managed to escape, surviving the German winter for three months before being liberated by the U.S. Army near the Rhine River.
Colonel Luksic received many awards while serving in the Air Force, but most notable were the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.
After retirement, he remained active as a lifetime member of the Carl J. Luksic Amvets Post 2298 which was dedicated in his name in 1993. He also was a member of VFW Post 8205 and the Marine Corps Legion No 8.
Col. Luksic was preceded in death by his father, John Luksic; his mother, Frieda Koutz Luksic; his son, Dwight; brother, Ryland; and sister, Betty Luksic Ivensec.
He is survived by his wife, Patti Luksic, three sons, John, Matthew and Michael; daughter, Pamela Kirby; his brother, Robert Luksic; sisters, Delores Spiers and Lorraine Pickett; and his longtime friend, Ted Beegle of Panama City.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Emerald Shores and Covenant Hospice of Panama City for the great support and service they provided.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 16, 2009, at Brock's Home Town Funeral Home Chapel, 5907 State 22, with Chaplain Black officiating.
Following services at the funeral home, the procession will be escorted by the Bay County Sheriff's Department and the Patriot Guard of Panama City to Garden of Memories for interment. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Air Force Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, CMRC-116D, 215 N. Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont. 05009."

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Lt. Col., USAF
World War II Korea Vietnam
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal & 3 OLC
1st Ace in a Day Eighth Air Force WWII
Husband Father Son

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Carl John Luksic (20 Jun 1921–24 May 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79980341, citing Garden of Memories, Panama City, Bay County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Robert Louis Daniell (contributor 47276468) .