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is honored on Panel 36W, Line 15 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 7/22/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear EN2 Thomas Eldridge,
    Thank you for your service as an Engineman 2nd Class. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 6/16/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Petty Officer Second Class Thomas Charles Eldridge, Served with Patrol Boat River 56 (PBR-56), River Division 573, Task Force 116 (TF-116), United States Naval Forces Vietnam (USNAVFORV).
  • Final Mission of EN2 Thomas C. Eldridge

    Posted on 1/24/16 - by
    EN2 Thomas C. Eldridge and BM1 James C. Ralph served on river patrol boat PBR-56 of the River Division 573, Task Force 116, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam. On the morning of December 13, 1968, their patrol boat was participating in a harassment and interdiction mission about 3 miles northeast of Sa Dec city, RVN, when it came under heavy attack by recoilless rifle, B-40 rocket, and automatic weapons fire from both the north and south banks of an unnamed canal. A B-40 strike caused their craft to lose steering control. Their craft continued to receive numerous enemy weapons hits. Additional PBR’s came to their assistance and PBR-56 was able to withdraw to a friendly outpost where the boat was beached. BM1 Lewis suffered a fatal head wound in the attack. EN2 Eldridge was mortally wounded in the chest. [Taken from]
  • Always Our Hero

    Posted on 5/7/15
    I would like to believe that you and my father Col. Francis Jay McGouldrick became good friends flying together, because we know no other story. But since all the years have past and tears have flowed, I have finally had the pleasure of meeting your beautiful family. It took 45 years, but we did it, we brought you and my dad HOME! WE thank you for your service and we welcome you home sir! I only wish I could have met you also! Your daughter is beautiful, you would be so Proud! Your is such a handsome nice man, and good father, to 2 beautiful kids! Your wife is as lovely as can be. I felt truly blessed to have met them after all these lost years. I do believe your daughter and I are soul mates, and feel like sisters from the minute we met. I just wanted to share my love and my thanks to you and your family, and welcome you home after 45 years.

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/12/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear EN2 Thomas Charles Eldridge, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit