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  • A Great Young Man

    Posted on 11/24/13 - by Richard K Davey
    I was in Tom's unit, but, on R&R during the action. Tom was an excellent pilot, and a brave warrior. He was extremely well liked and admired by all who knew him.
  • Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16347

    Posted on 3/6/13 - by

    On December 19, 1971, WO1 Thomas W. Skiles was the pilot and 1LT Peter C. Forame the co-pilot on board an OH-6A helicopter (tail #67-16347) on a bomb damage assessment mission southeast of Bambe, Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. During the mission, the helicopter began receiving heavy .30 and .51 caliber automatic weapons fire and in attempting to climb, the helicopter turned and burst into flames. The aircraft passed over an open area and crashed into a tree line, exploded on impact, and was completely destroyed by fire in a very short time. Two other helicopters immediately flew near the crash site to search for survivors, but these aircraft were driven away by RPG and automatic weapons fire. One of the helicopters suffered extensive damage. A short time later, gunships were called in to supress the enemy fire. A scout helicopter crew reported that the ForameSkiles helicopter was destroyed by fire, and that they had spotted two burned bodies near the aircraft. The remainder of the day, air strikes were conducted, and the following day, another attempt to recover the remains was made. This helicopter was shot down and one of the recovery crewmen was critically wounded. On December 22 and 23, extensive air strikes were conducted in the general area to include B-52 strikes. In the same hot region of Cambodia, two had died, and one had been critically wounded by enemy fire trying to bring out the bodies of comrades. The combined military service branches did their best to see that another American life was not taken at this location. [Taken from]

  • Looking

    Posted on 10/17/11 - by
    whomever posted the latest picture 'Never Forgotten' on september 27th 2011 of Thomas William Skiles Please contact me at please and thank you God bless
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 9/27/11
    In Remembrance
  • Remembered

    Posted on 12/30/10
    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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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