From a contemporary press report:
Myron Mack Hnatio, age 81, died n October 18, 2002 in Walkersville, Maryland.
He was formerly of Hermitage, Tennessee and was born on November 16, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of the late Dymtro and Mary Stelmech Hnatio.
Hnatio was a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served overseas in New Guinea, Panama, Japan and Canada. He was a highly decorated Air Force Fighter Ace for his action against the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific Theater. Among his many awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Bronze Star.
Surviving are two daughters, Nicola Manion and husband Thomas, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Lise Lachappelle and husband, Richard, Marlboro, Massachusetts; two sons, Daniel Hnatio and wife, Theresa, Stowe, Massachusetts, and Dr. John Hnatio and wife, Melinda, Union Bridge, Maryland; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Hnatio, Matthew Hnatio, Annalisse Lachappelle, Amanda Lachappelle, Jeremy Manion, Bryn Manion, Kathryn Hnatio and Elizabeth Hnatio; one brother, Peter Hnatio and two sisters, Claire Kalis and Helen Dobryden, all of Michigan.
Burial with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
From World War II “Ace” List
5 Kills Recorded by Myron M. Hnatio, First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Forces, 340th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force.
HNATIO, MYRON MACK
- LT COL US AIR FORCE
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 10/09/1942 – 08/31/1963
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/16/1920
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/18/2002
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 11/22/2002
- BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 7294
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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