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THOMAS ALLEN CAMPBELL


is honored on Panel 8W, Line 6 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of SFC Thomas A. Campbell

    Posted on 10/23/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At approximately 6:40 PM on July 10, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A (tail number 65-07999) from the 242nd Aviation Battalion was hovering at a spot seven miles southeast of Dau Tieng in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade and crashed. Two crewmen and seven passengers were killed in the incident. The aircraft was hovering approximately 50 feet above a load of empty fuel blivits after having just picked up fifteen 25th Infantry Division passengers at a firebase called “the Mushroom,” named so because it was located in a mushroom-shaped loop of a river. The rocket struck the Chinook in the rear pylon, causing the fuselage to break apart and the cockpit to fall separately from the main fuselage. When the fuselage section hit ground, it caught fire. The left door gunner, SP4 David P. Schultz, was killed on impact. The flight engineer, SP4 Ross E. Bedient, was able to escape the burning aircraft; however, he was critically burned, and died three days later. The seven lost passengers included SFC Thomas A. Campbell; SP4 Roy E. Harris (died at the U.S. Army burn center at Camp Zama in Japan on July 26, 1970); SP4 Dennis K. Martin (his remains were recovered from the charred wreckage and identified five days later); SGT Robert L. Oldham, SGT Carey J. Pratt (succumbed to his injuries July 12, 1970), SFC Elroy Simmons (died at the U.S. Army burn center at Camp Zama in Japan on July 19, 1970); and SP4 Michael P. Vullo (expired the following day). The aircraft commander and co-pilot escaped the cockpit by crawling out through the outside air temperature gauge window. Both suffered minor injuries, but neither were burned. Another nine persons survived with injuries. Martin was posthumously promoted to Sergeant, and Pratt was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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  • You are not forgotten

    Posted on 5/12/18 - by jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde
    The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Thomas.
  • THANKS

    Posted on 9/21/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik Bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear SFC Thomas Campbell,
    I hope your photo will be put here because this is a wall of faces and yours is missing. Thank you for your service as an Indirect Fire Infantryman. Today is the last day of summer, and time has passed since this war. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/27/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant First Class Thomas Allen Campbell, Served with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
  • WE Remember

    Posted on 12/13/15 - by Robert Sage 1968rsage@gmail.com
    Thomas is buried at Highland Park Cemetery, Highland Hills,OH. Plot 3-5-8-28
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