John Francis Thees
- Berwyn, Illinois
- Born May 4, 1930
- First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force
- Service Number AO2225641
- Missing in Action – Presumed Dead
- Died July 20, 1953 in Korea
First Lieutenant Thees was the pilot of a F-86F Sabrejet fighter bomber with the 35th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group.
On July 20, 1953, while on a combat mission of bombing enemy positions, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and burst into flames.
He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on July 21, 1954.
First Lieutenant Thees was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
THEES, JOHN FRANCIS
- 1ST LT US AIR FORCE
- DATE OF BIRTH: 05/04/1930
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/20/1953
- BURIED AT: SECTION MF SITE 5-4
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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