Armstrong, John Dean "Armie"

Last Name:

First Name:
John Dean
Born / Sept. 8, 1941
Hutchinson, KS
2nd Squadron "Panda Bears"
Wing man
Distinguished Flying Cross (posthumous)
Pre AVG: U.S. Naval Reserve - naval aviator
AVG Service: Recruited into the AVG as contract employee of CAMCO under secret presidential authority.  Sailed with 122 other AVG from the Port of San Francisco aboard the Dutch M/V JAGERSFONTEIN on July 10, 1941. Roomates in stateroom #4 were J.G. Bright, A.E. Probst & J.E. Petach.  Killed as a result of an aerial collision while engaged in a dogfight training exercise with J.G. Bright on Sept. 8th. Pallbearers were fellow members of the 2nd Pursuit Squadron who bore Armie's flag-draped casket to grave #1 at the Airmen's Cemetery in St. Luke's Anglican Church Cemetery, Toungoo, Burma.  Service conducted by AVG Chaplain Paul W. Frillmann.  2nd Sqdn Pallbearers were CO John Newkirk, Charles Mott, John Petach, Noel Bacon, Peter Wright and unknown member.
Post War Career:

1991 - AVG granted veterans status (declassified documents revealed AVG was on a covert mission under presidential authority)

1992 - AVG awarded Presidential Unit Citation

1996 - AVG pilots awarded DFC by Gen. Ronald Fogelman, CSAF USAF at AVG FTA Reunion in Dallas, TX.
In 1947 an Army Graves Registration Service (AGRS) team went to the cemetery of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Toungoo, Burma. Thanks to information from the cemetery caretaker the AGRS team disinterred four sets of remains identified as AVG and transferred them to Barrackpore, India where autopsies were conducted on the skeletal remains and they were classified (as X-633,634,635,636) and re-buried. In late 1948 they were disinterred and transferred to Hawaii where, on Mar 22-23, 1949, they were interred in the Punchbowl Cemetery on Oahu, Hawaii. They rested in peace for 67 years until JPAC staff reviewed the files and notified 3 families. Through their efforts and many contacts with JPAC officials and congressmen the remains were disinterred on April 11, 2016 and DNA samples were immediately sent to the DNA ID Lab. Families were notified on January 4, 2017 that a positive ID had been made. The remains of X-633 have been positively identified as that of John Dean Armstrong. The families now await the return of their long lost loved Tigers.....

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