THOMAS G DERRICKSON II
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HONORED ON PANEL 27E, LINE 97 OF THE WALL

THOMAS G DERRICKSON II

WALL NAME

THOMAS G DERRICKSON II

PANEL / LINE

27E/97

DATE OF BIRTH

03/10/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/12/1967

HOME OF RECORD

LOS ALTOS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS G DERRICKSON II
POSTED ON 3.9.2021
POSTED BY: KR

MIA Col. Thomas G. Derrickson, USAFA 1959 - - USAFA Memorial Wall

Information about the military service of MIA Colonel Thomas Gardner Derrickson II, inaugural USAFA Class of 1959, whose name is on the U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates Memorial Wall which includes those USAFA graduates who died or are MIA in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, from the U.S. Air Force Academy Library is at this link/URL:

http://memwall.usafalibrary.com/#memwallhomepage

Then search, alphabetically, for the name of Thomas Derrickson, USAFA Class of 1959, to access additional information about this Vietnam War MIA. This link/URL is applicable to ALL graduates on the USAFA AoG Memorial Wall.
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POSTED ON 3.4.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 85th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

POW-MIA...Never Forget

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 1.9.2021
POSTED BY: KR

UPDATED LINK, HONOLULU MEMORIAL (ABMC WEBSITE (Col. Derrickson))

Since the entry on this VVMF website for MIA Colonel Thomas Gardner Derrickson II, inaugural USAFA Class of 1959, USAF, on 8 January 2018, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) updated the link/URL on its website for him at the Honolulu Memorial (Court "A") in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (the "Punchbowl") on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii.

The updated link/URL is:
https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/derrickson%3Dthomas
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POSTED ON 12.29.2020
POSTED BY: KR

MIA Col. Thomas G. Derrickson, USAFA 1959 - - SEA FIXED-WING AIR LOSS

Information about the loss of an F-4C Phantom jet aircraft from the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron piloted by Captain Thomas Gardner Derrickson II, inaugural USAFA Class of 1959, in Southeast Asia (SEA) (over North Vietnam) on 12 October 1967 is available at this link/URL on the Vietnam Air Losses website:

https://vietnamairlosses.com/loss.php?id=1397

While in MIA status, the U.S. Air Force promoted Capt. Derrickson from Major, then to Lt Col and finally to Colonel along with his Air Force Academy classmates.
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POSTED ON 10.18.2020
POSTED BY: KR

MIA Col. Thomas G. Derrickson, USAFA 1959 - POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020

The Department of Defense conducted ceremonies at the Pentagon and at Hickam AFB on Friday, 18 September 2020 in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Nordquist remembered the 1,586 MIAs from the Vietnam War as well as all those still unaccounted for from WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. Director (Maj. Gen, USAFR, ret) Kelly McKeague of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) also recorded a separate video message to Gold Star MIA families. Additionally, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) produced a “virtual” event on 18 Sep. Since the 2019 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 1 Vietnam War MIA. Colonel Thomas Gardner Derrickson II, inaugural USAFA Class of 1959, is one of those 1,586 MIAs unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is the only man in his U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs class of 1959 who is still MIA. There are 40 additional Air Force Academy graduates unaccounted for in SEA.

This is the link to the DoD/DVIDS video for the Pentagon ceremony:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/766486/defense-officials-recognize-prisoners-war-missing-service-members-ceremony

This is the link to the DoD/DVIDS video for the Hickam AFB ceremony:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/766491/admiral-commemorates-prisoners-war-and-missing-service-members-ceremony

This is the link to the DPAA Director McKeague’s video statement:
https://vimeo.com/454474340

This is the link to the VVMF virtual remembrance: https://www.vvmf.org/POWMIA-2020/

* N.B. that DPAA indicates the U.S. Air Force promoted Tom Derrickson to the rank of Colonel while in MIA status.
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