Thomas Carl Kolstad

Mr. Kolstad served in the Vietnam War.

He served in the U.S. Navy. He was the pilot of an RA-5C Vigilante photo reconnaissance jet. Mr. Kolstad entered the Naval Flight Aviator Program at Pensacola, Florida, and studied photo intelligence at Monterey, California.

His rank was Lieutenant Commander.

Mr. Kolstad was declared missing in action when on a mission over North Vietnam in October 1966. This status changed in 1975 to presumed killed in action. Finally, in March 1977, Mr. Kolstad’s remains were returned to the United States, one of eleven service members’ bodies returned by the Hanoi government. He was declared killed in action in North Vietnam.

He was born on July 11, 1935, the son Thomas and Cecelia Kolstad. He graduated from Mountain Iron High School in 1953.

Mr. Kolstad was posthumously decorated with the:

Distinguished Flying Cross,
Air Medal,
Navy Commendation Medal.

The Virginia, Minnesota, chapter of the Disabled American Veterans bears his name.

Source: Mesabi Daily News, Virginia, Minnesota, February 25, 1990, p. 24, Section D

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