My Best Friend
Tom and I were engaged before and during Vietnam.
He was stationed at Ft. Wolters with my good friend
Howard Hale. I went to visit wherever he was--Ft. Wolters, Georgia, Hawaii.
He was the finest young man I have ever known. He died on 7-7-70. Seven is God's special number. That has always been comforting to me. He is gone but never forgotten.
I would love to hear your memories of Tom.
High School Friend of Tom's
The Night He Died
When I landed, shut down and went into Ops, they told me Tom has crashed. I called J.J. on our Tac FM and he confirmed the crash. When I asked J.J. what happened, he said "He just flew it into the ground". I will never forget these words.
Tom was a really great friend and an exceptional pilot. I find it hard to believe that he got target fixation, he was too good and had hundreds of missions behind him.
I have pictures of Tom that I will try to scan. I hope to do it soon.
A Battery, 4/77 Aerial Artillery
101st Airborn Division
10/69 to 10/70