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PROCLAMATION <br />��LPti�noEs...r❑ r�.fF <br />ti <br />P��w �rfi <br />VAI I I I I Iti f [11 111 <br />"Major San D. Francisco Day" <br />October 18, 2014 <br />WHEREAS: Kittitas County is extremely proud of its service men and women — past and present; and <br />WHEREAS: Kittitas County acknowledges that Major San D. Francisco lived in Ellensburg, WA 1962- <br />1966, was a CWU student, football player, wrestler, Air Force ROTC graduate, and commissioned into <br />the U.S. Air Force, June 1966; and <br />WHEREAS: Major San D. Francisco honorably served his country as an Air Force Officer pilot <br />(Phantom F-413) in the 555th Fighter Squadron (Triple Nickel) and completed his 100th combat "sortie" <br />prior to November 25th, 1968. He was scheduled to return to the U.S. on December 1, 1968 to be reunited <br />with his wife, Kay and young son, Tod; and <br />WHEREAS: Major Francisco was asked by his squadron commander on November 25, 1968, six (6) <br />days before his scheduled departure to the U.S., to fill in for an ill pilot and fly one more reconnaissance <br />mission. His brothers in the 555th (Triple Nickel) recall that he did, without hesitation. San took the <br />controls that day because he was a patriot and he felt it was the right thing to do; and <br />WHEREAS: On November 25, 1968, Major Francisco's plane was shot down. He ejected but his <br />parachute didn't deploy correctly and both legs were broken upon landing; and <br />WHEREAS: Subsequently, Major Francisco was killed in action and buried by local villagers, who <br />recently have supplied the Department of Defense the burial details and location of his remains; and <br />WHEREAS: The Department of Defense has recently acknowledged that Major Francisco's remains are <br />still in the Quang Binh Province, and <br />WHEREAS: Major San D. Francisco, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, is the only Kittitas <br />County Viet Nam War Veteran not yet returned to U.S. soil; <br />NOW THEREFORE: The Kittitas County Commissioners join together to support the efforts of the San <br />D. Francisco Awareness Campaign to bring home his remains so that this "Hero Will Not Be Left <br />Behind." <br />BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: The Kittitas County Commissioner proudly proclaims Saturday, <br />October 18, 2014 as <br />"Major an D. Francisco Day" <br />