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