Yellow roses are placed at the base of the empty Vietnam
Unknown Crypt where the inscription now reads:
“Honoring and Keeping Faith with America's
Missing Servicemen 1958-1975”
The new inscription on the crypt is being dedicated during the National Prisoner Of War/Missing In
Action Recognition Day at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 1999.
The remains formerly in the crypt were removed in May of 1998 and were later identified as Air
Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie through mitochrondial DNA testing.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard