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DANIEL WAYNE THOMAS


is honored on Panel 3W, Line 102 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CAPT Daniel W. Thomas

    Posted on 10/23/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    CAPT Daniel W. Thomas was a Nail Forward Air Controller assigned to the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB Thailand. On July 6, 1971, he and CAPT Donald G. "Butch" Carr (U.S. Army) took off in OV-10A (#67-14634) for an orientation flight for CAPT Carr over southern Laos to study sites for cross border infiltration and intelligence operations 20 miles east of Muang Fandeng. At 1530 hours, Thomas radioed to the Army support facility that he was in his target area, but that he was unable to observe because of weather conditions. This was his last known radio contact. Thomas and Carr were due to depart the area at 1700 hours, and should have radioed then. A ground reconnaissance team later reported hearing an impact or explosion at 1600 hours on July 6 in their vicinity, but they did not report seeing the aircraft. Search efforts were conducted through July 10, with no results. A source reported that in early July 1971, he had seen an American POW in that area. The source learned from a guard that the POW was a pilot of an OV-10 that had been downed a week prior. This information was thought to possibly correlate to either Carr or Thomas. Carr and Thomas became two of nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos during the Vietnam War. At the time of his loss, CAPT Thomas had served 118 days in combat. He was from Danbury, New Jersey. He was 33 and single when he was lost. [Taken from pownework.org and fac-assoc.org]
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  • Brother Warrior

    Posted on 7/26/15 - by Mike Whorton
    Dan,
    I served with you in 1971 at NKP. I was a fellow pilot and was there when you were lost. You were a "Brother Warrior" and you are not forgotten. I still remember you, think of you often and say your name.
    Mike Whorton
    NAIL 30, 1971
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  • Remembering

    Posted on 6/6/14 - by Cathy
    I wore your bracelet for years back in the 70's and prayed for you to be found. I was surprised when I saw your picture today as you look just like I had pictured you all those years ago. So proud to have worn your name on my wrist - thank you for your service to our country! God Bless you and God Bless the USA!!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/7/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Captain Daniel Wayne Thomas, 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
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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/1/13

    (Photo Credit: Eugene W. Thomas)




    Rest in peace with the warriors.

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