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Michael John Estocin

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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Born:  April 27, 1931 at Turtle Creek, PA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Akron, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism April 20 & 26, 1967 at Haiphong, North Vietnam

Died:  April 26, 1967 at the age of 35

Captain Estiocin was a pilot in Attack Squadron 192, embarked in U.S.S. Ticonderoga. Leading a three-plane group of aircraft in support of a coordinated strike against two thermal power plants in North Vietnam, he provided continuous warnings to the strike group leaders of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats, and personally neutralized three SAM sites. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by an exploding missile, he reentered the area and relentlessly prosecuted a SHRIKE attack in the face of intense antiaircraft fire. With less than five minutes of fuel remaining he departed the target area and commenced in-flight refueling which continued for over 100 miles. Three miles aft of Ticonderoga, and without enough fuel for a second approach, he disengaged from the tanker and executed a precise approach to a fiery arrested landing. On April 26, 1967, in support of a coordinated strike against the vital fuel facilities in Haiphong, he led an attack on a threatening SAM site, during which his aircraft was seriously damaged by an exploding SAM; nevertheless, he regained control of his burning aircraft and courageously launched his SHRIKE missiles before departing the area. He was subsequently lost in action.

 

 

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