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THOMAS ONEAL ZORN JR

  • Wall Name:THOMAS O ZORN JR
  • Date of Birth:6/14/1946
  • Date of Casualty:9/17/1972
  • Home of Record:WAYCROSS
  • County of Record:WARE COUNTY
  • State:GA
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Line:1W, 74
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:NZ

DWIGHT WILLIAM COOK

  • Wall Name:DWIGHT W COOK
  • Date of Birth:7/8/1948
  • Date of Casualty:9/21/1972
  • Home of Record:CENTER POINT
  • County of Record:LINN COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:AIR FORCE
  • Rank:1LT
  • Panel/Line: 1W, 74
  • Casualty Province:LZ

ROGER WILLIAM CARROLL JR


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 74 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • THANKS

    Posted on 10/9/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik Bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Major Roger Carroll,
    Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) I am glad you were found and identified in 1995. Welcome Home. Today we celebrate Columbus Day, and we remember those of you who served. 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Classmate of 1957 Class, Southeast High, Kansas City Mo.

    Posted on 9/11/17 - by Ron Miller ronmil3907@comcast.net
    We were on the HS track team together where he was a distance runner with a small stature. I never imagined him becoming a fighter pilot and warrior for America when we graduated HS. He did say his ambition was to become a commercial pilot in our year book. He did get to fly a lot, which is comforting. I honor his service to America and wish he was still with us to celebrate our 60th HS Reunion this September. RIP!
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/21/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Major Roger William Carroll Jr, 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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  • Final Mission of MAJ Roger W. Carroll Jr.

    Posted on 7/24/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    MAJ Roger W. Carroll Jr. was born in Dallas, TX and moved to Kansas City, Missouri when he was six years old. The oldest child, Roger was very fond of his younger sister and brother. He was raised in a Christian home, was an honor student, and active in sports. Roger knew from an early age that he wanted to be a pilot. Roger entered the University of Kansas to study aviation engineering. While at KU, Roger joined the Air Force and became a navigator on B-47 and B-52 aircraft. Wanting to be a pilot still, Roger took pilot training and earned his wings flying T-38 and F-100 aircraft. After one tour in Vietnam, Roger returned to the States to train other young pilots until he again took training himself, this time on the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber jet. His second tour of Vietnam began in early 1972. He told his parents, "If anything ever happens to me, don't come looking for me. You won't find me. The aircraft is such a bomb that if one hits the ground or something hits it, it just explodes." MAJ Carroll was assistant to the commander, and did not ordinarily fly combat missions, but begged for the chance to fly, and was allowed to fly twice-weekly missions. On September 21, 1972, Carroll was sent on a mission over the strategic Plain of Jars region in Laos. His weapons/systems officer was 1LT Dwight W. Cook, a young Air Force officer. The Plain of Jars region of Laos had for years been an intense area of struggle between the communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao armed forces. Millions of U.S. dollars had been secretly committed to the strengthening of anti-communist strongholds in the Plain of Jars for some years. About one year before Carroll and Cook were shot down in this area, Nixon's secret campaign in Laos had become public. The area had been defended with the help of U.S. aircraft; the anti-communist troops, primarily a secret CIA-directed force comprised of some 30,000 indigenous tribesmen, were, in part, kept resupplied by CIA. Because Laos was "neutral" under the terms of the Geneva Convention, and because the U.S. continually stated they were not at war with Laos (although we were regularly bombing North Vietnamese traffic along the border and conducted assaults against communist strongholds throughout the country at the behest of the anti-communist government of Laos), and did not recognize the Pathet Lao as a government entity, the nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos were never recovered. During the mission, Carroll's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Roger's prediction was correct. The largest piece of aircraft remaining was no larger than three feet across. A week after the aircraft crashed, a search party found several pieces of flight clothing and a human hip socket at the site. They found identification that belonged to Cook, but it was evident that the enemy had reached the plane first. Carroll and Cook were classified as having "died in captivity." In June 1994 remains were returned to the U.S. that were positively identified as those of MAJ Carroll and 1LT Cook in October 1995. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • bracelet

    Posted on 2/6/15 - by Elise Collins elise.collins83@gmail.com
    I received the bracelet for Major Roger Carroll, Jr., missing 9-21-72 sometime in 1974 or so. I wore it for years but have always kept it. I just recently found the bracelet in my memorabilia and looked on the internet for Major Carroll. I was sad to learn he was killed in Laos. Although one site mentions his remains were returned to the US in 1994, I cannot find any other sites stating the same. If his family would like this bracelet, I would be happy to return it to them if they contact me via email. Major Carroll is one of our true heroes.
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