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is honored on Panel 3E, Line 26 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of LTJG Thomas E. Murray

    Posted on 4/22/16 - by
    On October, 28 1965, LTJG Thomas E. Murray was KIA when his Douglas A-4C Skyhawk (serial number 148596) crashed astern of the USS Midway after a combat mission. The USS Ingersoll (DD-652) whaleboat recovered the pilot who was pronounced dead by the Ingersoll's medical officer. There is a personal account for this incident from Johnny Hale: “I was flying rescue air crewman onboard the Midway in 1965. I pulled a dead pilot from the water who had ejected on landing. I believe this is the crash of the A-4C 148596 28 October 1965. The pilot's name was LTJG T.E. Murray. He was coming in for a landing, about 200 feet from the water when his plane inverted and he ejected. When I got to him he was face down in the water and with his chute deployed around him. I turned him over on his back and pulled his oxygen mask off and blood was in it. I couldn't get him out of his chute because when I turned him loose he started to sink. His raft popped up and I inflated it, got in and held on to Mr. Murray until a boat from the destroyer got to us. We got him back to the Midway and the doctor told me he had a concussion, crushed chest, and two broken legs. His helmet had a big piece out of it and his visor cover was broken in half.” (Narrative by Johnny Hale) [Taken from]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/17/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear LTJG Thomas Edgar Murray, 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
  • Midshipman T.E. Murray

    Posted on 11/25/12 - by Tom Burgdorf

    1962 Lucky Bag Senior Photo.

    US Naval Academy Class of 1962

  • Ltjg T.E.Murray

    Posted on 11/25/12 - by Tom Burgdorf

    USS Midway 1965 Cruise Book photo of VA-22 Officers

    (last known photo)

  • Navy Hero

    Posted on 11/17/12 - by Lee Rush-Vietnam '65 USS Ingersoll DD652

    I was a whittness to his plane crash and can only say that I will never forget him.I still beleive to this day that as bad as his plane was shot up he knew it was him or us as he was headed right at us.

    Thank you Tom

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