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Muskat, Michael - Brattleboro  
Col (USAF, Ret) Michael S. Muskat 1933 - 2015 PUTNEY, VT. Michael Muskat passed away peacefully at his home on September 15, 2015. Son of Frances Spencer Abbe and stepson of Charles Howson Abbe, he is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Elizabeth Muskat, who is the daughter of Robert Gardner and Julie Sachs Rosegrant. Also surviving are their three sons, Peter Muskat and his wife, Debra, David Muskat and his wife, Mary, and Robert Muskat and his wife, Reolina, and six grandchildren: Julie Marie, Caitlyn, Rebecca, Keenan, Kelly, and Kyle. Mike was a career United States Air Force fighter pilot, and a warrior academic. A 1955 graduate of Amherst College and ROTC commandant, Mike also received a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Highly decorated, including the Silver Star and Purple Heart, Mike flew more than 125 combat missions in the F-105 Thunderchief during the Vietnam War, most of them as a member of the Wild Weasels. In Feb. 1968 he was shot down, leading to the first night time rescue by the AF's pararescue service using a "Jolly Green Giant" helicopter. He particularly enjoyed flying the F-111, and finished flying as the Deputy Commander of Air Force Korea in an F-16 prior to serving as Chief of Staff of Air University. The historical airpark at Maxwell Air Force Base provided a special touch of recognition with the F-105 "Thud" carrying his name and combat markings. Many remembered his deep voice over the airwaves of Southeast Asia. One memory from the war was a personal briefing he gave to President Lyndon Johnson detailing the Wild Weasel mission. He served as a Scoutmaster and helped his three sons each to attain Eagle Scout rank. In retirement, Mike re-designed and largely constructed Valley Head, Beth's and Mike's generational home; served on the Boards of the River Valley Credit Union and Putney Cares; and with Beth, traveled and hiked the world. Mostly, Mike is remembered as a man who adored his wife, loved and supported his sons, and cherished his grandchildren. While the celebration of Michael's life will be private, a gift to the charity of your choice in his honor would be sincerely appreciated.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 3, 2015
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