John C. Siltanen – Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

On Monday, July 10, 2000 at Mount Vernon Hospital. Husband of Elinor (nee Van Kam) and brother of Esther.

Colonel Siltanen was a native of Brooklyn, New York, served in the Finnish Air Force and received a ROTC commission in the U. S. Army after completing studies at the
Guggenheim School of Aeronautics in 1938. He was assigned in the Army Air Corp where he held research and development flight testing positions primarily focused on the emerging helicopter technologies.

Colonel Siltanen served in North Africa during World War II and later as Air Attache, U. S. Embassy, London. He served in the Air Force Reserve until retirement in 1968.

After leaving active military service, Colonel Siltanen held executive positions with aircraft industry leaders. Funeral services will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel on Monday, July 31 at 1 p.m. with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

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