Waukesha — For more than six decades, Thomas Condon and 51 others aboard an Air Force cargo plane were lost on an Alaskan glacier.
It was not to be Condon’s final resting place.
Four years after an Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew on a training mission spotted the wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster on Colony Glacier, Condon’s remains were returned to his hometown. Finally, he is no longer missing in action.
Condon’s family laid him to rest in a solemn ceremony Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waukesha beneath an American flag flapping in a breeze, flags of all five military branches and the MIA/POW flag.
Joe McGavock, 84, grew up next door to his cousin, who was a year younger.
"He was a helluva good guy, he had no enemies. He was a charming guy," recalled McGavock.
Condon loved playing baseball and going to stock car races at State Fair Park with his buddies on Tuesday nights. He was a gear head who enjoyed working on cars and learned to drive at a young age. He bought a Jeep to help him deliver his paper route in Brookfield and the Calhoun neighborhood of New Berlin, and worked nights at a drive-in…