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Col Joseph Christiano

Col Joseph Christiano

Birth
Death 24 Dec 1965 (aged 43)
Laos
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 10047
Memorial ID 91505881 · View Source
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***NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DUPE, THESE MEN HAVE MEMORIALS FOR THEIR SEPARATED AND IDENTIFIED REMAINS IN THEIR HOMETOWNS. THESE ARE FOR THE BURIAL OF THE MIXED REMAINS IN ONE COFFIN***

POW/MIA/KIA Maj. Joseph Christiano, navigator served with the 4th Air Commando Squadron, 6250th Combat Support Group, 13th Air Force out of DaNang Airbase, South Vietnam. During the period he was maintained missing, Joseph Christiano was promoted to the rank of Colonel.

He was shot down on 24 December 1965, aboard an AC-47D gunship, call sign "Spooky 21." They were on an armed reconnaissance/strike mission over the panhandle of Laos.

On July 9, 2012, the remains of the entire six man crew on the plane were buried in a mass funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

The crew:
Lt. Col. Derrell B. Jeffords, pilot
Capt. Dennis L. Eilers, co-pilot
Maj. Joseph Christiano, navigator
TSgt. W. Kevin Colwell, flight engineer
MSgt. Larry C. Thornton, gunner
SSgt. Arden "A. K." Hassenger, gunner

Col. Joseph Christiano is listed on Panel 04E, Line 36 of the Vietnam Wall Memorial.


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  • Created by: Debbie
  • Added: 6 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91505881
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Joseph Christiano (11 Apr 1922–24 Dec 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91505881, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Debbie (contributor 46570228) .