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Joseph L. Lukasik
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
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Courtesy of Mark Lukasik, Son of the Colonel: June 2005

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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
Posted: 20 June 2005 Updated: 22 November 2006
Legion of Merit
 
 
 

Distinguished Flying Cross
 
 
 

Air Medal