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is honored on Panel 29W, Line 19 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SP4 Thomas E. Hacker

    Posted on 2/6/15 - by
    On March 12, 1969, SP4 Thomas E. Hacker was the crew chief on a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17635) from the 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) (Airmobile) Ghost Riders, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) that came under enemy attack. SP4 Hacker was fatally wounded by .51 caliber fire. He was the first KIA for his unit. A hanger at the unit’s airbase was named in his honor. [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/18/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Thomas Ewald Hacker, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Ghost Rider

    Posted on 4/4/12 - by Bill Ellis
    Tom was a crew chief on a UH-1H helicopter with A Company 158th Aviation Battalion (Ghost Riders) 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). Although he was killed before I joined the unit, his memory was strong, and I heard good things about him. Our new hangar was named in his honor. Rest well Ghost Rider.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/14/10 - by Robert Sage
    Thomas is buried at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston,TX. BSM PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 11/29/05 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle hero’s you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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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.

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