Monday, May 17, 2021 All Day
The Society of the Honor Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) Centennial Committee is proud to announce the continuation of one of the key projects of the Centennial (TUS100) as we approach the 100th Anniversary of the burial of an Unknown American Soldier who fought and died in World War I, and is buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (TUS) in Arlington National Cemetery, in 2021.
May 17, 1984 – The Vietnam Unknown Soldier is designated at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by Sergeant Major Allan Kellogg. From here the USS Brewton (DD-943) transports the Vietnam Unknown Soldier to NAS Alameda where he is transferred to the Travis Air Force Base.
We are in the process of looking what we can do for the 100 year centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Solder. The Department of Defense and civilian partners continued working to identify remains recovered from Vietnam. Through these efforts, they reviewed evidence that suggested the Vietnam War Unknown was likely Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, a pilot who had been shot down in 1972. At the request of Blassie’s family, the Department of Defense exhumed the remains from the Vietnam Unknown’s crypt on May 14, 1998. Using DNA testing, scientists positively identified the remains as those of Blassie. In accordance with the wishes of his family,