Vietnam - circa 1970
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Our Commander, Col. Lisec
8th Aerial Port Squadron, 1969-1970
Colonel Lisec was our 8th APS commander from early 1969 through mid 1970, and according to all reports, he was fine squadron commander. In a situation like ours, a lot depends upon the wisdom, experience and attitude of the officers in charge. Sure, we do all the grunt work, and we were the ones eating dust or living in the mud every day and getting shot at now and then, but they're the ones doing the planning and arranging so that we have the resources to do our job. And there is no doubt that during his tenure, we were well-equipped and we were very well-supported.
Colonel Lisec was proud of the entire 8th Aerial Port Squadron, but the Combat Control and Mobility Teams and those who served in the 8th APS detachments throughout III & IV Corps were undoubtedly among his favorites - and we knew it. He would visit us on our missions. He would bring us blocks of ice and other unspecified treats - items quite welcome at a forward airfield... He flew to Budop the day that Sgt Brown's forklift was incinerated, and it was Col. Lisec who took that famous photo of Neil Brown and the burnt up AT.
His obituary below details his overall career, but to those of us who served with Colonel Victor Lisec in Vietnam, it was his tour of duty in Vietnam that had the greatest impact on us all. We are sorry to have lost him before he had a chance to see our web site and our efforts to write our own history - the missing history of the 8th Aerial Port Squadron's Mobility Operations Branch.
Update 9/26/2006 -
We have recently been in contact with Mrs. Lisec who will be sending a number of photos from Col. Lisec's collection. We will scan and post these photos on the web site as quickly as we can.
Published: Thu, Jun 1, 2000
A funeral with full military honors for Victor Lisec, 78, of Fairfield will be 10 a.m. Friday at Chapel One on Travis Air Force Base. Chaplain Arthur R. Homer will officiate. Interment will be at Rockville Cemetery in Suisun. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Mr. Lisec died on May 28, 2000, at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base after a long illness.
Born on Jan. 29, 1922, in Chicago, he lived in Fairfield for the past 30 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force from Feb. 18, 1943, until retiring as a colonel on Oct. 1, 1973. During his time in the Air Force he was a navigator in the 8th Air Force in Thurleigh, England, and lead crew navigator in the 306th Bomb Group. He served in North Africa and Europe, remapping following the end of World War II, and was a foreign clearance officer, military transport pilot and duty controller in the transportation control center at Travis. He was chief of the Transport Control Center in the 1505 Support Squadron on Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, and was commander and operations officer in the 28th Military Airlift Squadron on Hill Air Force Base in Utah. He was deputy group commander in the 65th military airlift on Yokota Air Base in Japan and was commander of the 8th Aerial Port Squadron on Tan San Nhut Air Base in Vietnam. He was assistant deputy chief for operation of the 22nd Air Force at Travis.
While in Vietnam, he established squadron support for the Santa Maria Orphanage in Saigon and Song Be, Vietnam. During his service time, he received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
After retirement, he received his real estate license and worked as a broker. He was a member of the Board of Relators in Solano County and retired from Country Estates in 1987. He was a founding member and treasurer for the North Bay Opera. His hobbies over the years included cooking, gardening, appaloosa horse breeding and playing with his grandchildren. He attended York Community High School and Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. He also attended Solano College and received a degree.
Mr. Lisec is survived by his wife, Constance Lee of Fairfield;
daughters, Vicki Sue of Dayton, Ohio, and Melissa Kay Militano of
Vacaville; daughter and son-in-law, Laura Lee Penn and Martin Pavloff
of Seattle; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey Wayne and Mary of
Dayton, and William Curtis and Kendra Penn of Crockett; and
grandchildren, Joshua and Jesse, both of Dayton, Claudia, Nic, Chelsea
and Alexis Militano, all of Vacaville, and Aleksei Pavloff of Seattle.