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  • You will always be a hero to me.

    Posted on 11/12/16 - by Dr. Troy Pitsch
    On Thursday the 10th, I shared some of Tommy's story together with that of Sgt. Ken Wallingford (AT 70-MACV) with over 600 of my students in a wonderful event to commemorate our veterans. It is an honor to be able to talk about the enormous contribution he made to this nation. Even though I never met him, (I was born just a few months before his final mission) I have sought every shred of information I could find about him through my mother's side of the family since I was a little boy (Skiles). As early as I can remember, he has always been what I imagine when I think of what a hero is. I am so grateful for this and other websites who have posted his story along with pictures, as it has helped me to fill in so many unknowns. I hope his family reads all that I have about his character and the way he impacted those around him so deeply with his kind, "cowboy" approach to life. As long as I Iead public schools, he will live on in the hearts of children year after year. If you have more stories about him, please email me if you wouldn't mind sharing.
  • Thomas's Bracelet

    Posted on 12/18/15 - by Bob
    I received my POW/MIA bracelet many years ago and in that time came to live in Wyoming. Oddly enough, I did not choose his name, it was given to me. Through events that I did not control, I was honored to meet both his Mother and his brother while working as a Flight Paramedic for Wyoming Life Flight.. Both imparted to me a bit of Thomas which I carry with me to this day and always shall. As with all stories, there is another story attached to this bracelet. I wear Thomas's name to this day and will always to do so. He has very much so become a part of me.

    My prayers are for Thomas and his family.

  • Flight School Classmate

    Posted on 9/25/14 - by Wesley H. Bartley, CW5 USA Retired
    I was a flight school classmate and close friend. Tom was the epitome of a “gentle giant.” He was a country boy from Wyoming with red hair and an infectious smile. When he shook hands, yours disappeared in a huge mass of firm, friendly flesh, and I seldom saw him without a toothy grin and a positive attitude. The one time I saw him really mad was when a group of us from our class at Ft. Wolters (Mineral Wells, TX) went to town on a weekend pass. Two of our classmates were black, and Texas at the time had “Private Clubs” to allow legal segregation. When we tried to get into a popular club, they said all of us were welcomed except our black companions. I thought Tom was going to destroy something. We eventually had a great time that night, but Tom’s utter disgust for discrimination made an impression on all of us. A while back, my best friend from flight school and I met up with another Vietnam veteran who was in Tom’s unit and was part of the operation that took Tom’s life. My friend is a PTSD counselor, and we were discussing traumatic events from Vietnam when Tom’s name came up. It opened a floodgate of emotions as we all realized that Tom was a common friend and had made such a huge impression on our lives. He will always live in my memory as that beautiful person I knew in flight training. Tom is top row center in our class photo. RIP.
  • Proud to wear your MIA bracelet

    Posted on 7/18/14 - by Laurie Carey
    My name is Laurie, I have worn Tom's MIA bracelet for many years now & will continue to do so. A grateful nation thanks him for his service. Thoughts & prayers go out to all. May you find comfort in knowing others care & share your loss. I wear his bracelet with much love & honor. God bless you all.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/28/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear WO Thomas William Skiles, 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.