Alexander-Vraciu-Obituary

Alexander Vraciu

Contra Costa, California

1918 - 2015

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Alexander Vraciu1918 ~ 201541 Year Resident of DanvilleAlex Vraciu, renowned WW II fighter pilot and war hero, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 29, 2015. Alex is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Kathryn Louise Horn and sister, Betty Gall. Alex and Kathryn are survived by...

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I am a Filipino and I want to salute and thank you Sir for your geat service in the Philippines during WWII. Rest in Peace Commander.

I served under CDR Vraicu in VF51 and was one of the 30 team members when he won the 1957 Naval Air Weapons Meet at El Centro. I had 5 years in the Navy then and was AT1 and I went on to serve 30 years and can't say I met a man I admired more than the CDR. We deployed on the USS Bon Homme Richard together in 1957 and I have posted overhear that I have been on Facebook a tribute to him on Veterans day as I plan to do this PM. He issued me a commendation letter commenting we were a "jack...

Dear Anyone Who May Assist,

Years ago, reading the Fall issue (1972) of the JOURNAL (the American Aviation Historical Society magazine) I have heard for the first time about Alex Vraciu. I myself beeing a Romanian citizen, his family name sounded like a quite Romanian one. Then I started to find out who Alex Vraciu is. Since then I continued to collect information, piece by piece. Thanks to US Navy I had a rare ...

my sincere condolences to the family! America has one less hero now, but heaven has another brave soul! Rest in peace, true American

I had the honor and privilege of meeting him on several occasions. I visited him often at his home in Danville, on Marilee Place towards the later part of his life. One night, My father and I took him out to dinner around 1999 or so. On that night, my father, a Vietnam Veteran and about 10 years younger then him, looked like a kid in a candy store. I never saw my father look up to somebody the way he did that night. A true American hero is gone and he will be missed.

Brad Harms

As a 2nd generation Romanian-American and son of a WW II Purple Heart veteran, I have long been fascinated by Cdr. Vraciu's amazing aerial accomplishments. I was saddened to learn of his passing. He will always be remembered as a true American hero and a fine representative of the immigrant spirit that pervaded the Greatest Generation. As we Romanians say, "May his memory be eternal!"

Dear Alex,
Your last flight is your best as you will share the sky with your beloved wife. Thank you for inspiring our grandson's and so many others . We will never forget you. Gene & Jean

Sorry to learn of Commander Vraciu's passing. Many years have passed, since I served under him in VF-51. I was simply a white hat, but had great respect for him. Taps for you Commander. Ivin Munson

As a high school teacher of US History for about twenty years, I have shown the 1995 CBS Reports program Victory in the Pacific each year as I believe it is still one of the best short documentaries on the Pacific war. Commander Vraciu features prominently in the program so it was with great sorrow that I learned of his passing. Please accept my deepest condolences and know my gratitude to Commander Vraciu for sharing his story so that future generations have a record of the lives of the...