Joseph L. Lukasik was born on October 20, 1932 and grew up in Dickson City, Pennsylvania, the oldest of five siblings.
He joined the Air Force in August of 1951, an example later followed by two of his brothers.
During his career as a fighter pilot he receives many honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Legion of Merit, and was awarded wings from the German Air Force.
He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He died on March 22, 1973 at the age of 40 in Eskeshir, Turkey while training other pilots, leaving behind a wife and five children. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery close to his brother, Bernard F. Lukasik, Captain, United States Air Force.
LUKASIK, JOSEPH L
- LTC USAF
- DATE OF BIRTH: 10/20/1932
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/22/1973
- BURIED AT: SECTION 35 SITE 1545
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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