It's great when a plan comes together. Even when the plan unfolds on its own from a "guiding hand" for people committed to doing some good. So It happened that Russ McKnight and his wife Janie were on the way for Russ to run in the Hood to Coast Relay and on the way stopped to visit their friends Bunnie and Paul in St. Louis. Russ met Paul through the 95th Bomb Group Memorial Foundation.
what on this way to the Hood to Coast Relay, So thanks to "Ollie" — who's Ollie? — Russ McKnight and his wife Janie learned through friends Bunny and Paul in the 95th Bomb Group Memorial Foundation that Paul’s dad was a POW during World War II. Paul had accordingly undertaken to establish a POW-MIA museum now under development in Jefferson Barracks Park just south of St. Louis.
Jefferson Barracks was established in 1826 and is the oldest military facility west of the Mississippi. The post cemetery became a National Cemetery in 1866, and that is now the resting place for Classmate Mike Blassie after his 14-year interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
Mike is now honored at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, including a street named for him. In addition, Mike will be among those honored in the new POW-MIA Museum, where USAFA70 will play a further role ,
It came to light that further renovation was needed to ready the Museum for opening, So our Winded Warriors rose to the challenge — recalling that all USAFA70 en masse are considered Winded Warrior team members (link here and scroll down to Classmates R'Us). Again, '70 rose to the occasion as we have done for so many good causes over the years such as the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion; the Center for Character and Leadership Development; the Hood to Coast relay race where we set a race record for fund raising to fight cancer; our recent Mick Rosenblatt Memorial Bike & Run; the AllAcademyChallenge where '70 has led the way year after year; and now the new POW/MIA Museum.
The Museum Board of Directors has in turn decided to dedicate the entry room at the Museum to Mike and all our KIAs, as well as our two returned POW brothers Bill Reich and Jocko Trimble. Below is the design of our memorial plaque
The "Winded Warriors" Team
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