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

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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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POSTED ON 10.2.2019
POSTED BY: KR

COLONEL THOMAS G. DERRICKSON - POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY 2019

The Department of Defense conducted a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, 20 September 2019 in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Nordquist remembered the 1,587 MIAs from the Vietnam War as well as all those still unaccounted for from WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. Since the 2018 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 7 Vietnam War MIAs. Colonel Thomas Gardner Derrickson II, inaugural USAFA Class of 1959, is one of those 1,587 MIAs unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is the only graduate from the inaugural U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs class of 1959 who is still MIA.

This is the link to the DoD story about the ceremony:

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1967474/prisoners-of-war-missing-in-action-remembered-at-pentagon-ceremony/

This is the link to the C-Span video of the ceremony:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?464524-1/pentagon-hosts-national-powmia-recognition-day-ceremony
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POSTED ON 5.7.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

THANK YOU

Dear LTC Thomas Derrickson,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) You are still MIA. PLEASE COME HOME.
It has been too long, and it's about time 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. Be at peace.
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POSTED ON 3.10.2018
POSTED BY: David Botticelli

Remembering Thomas Derrickson II

I saw on one panel that his rank was lieutenant. But other entries list him as a Colonel. Was he promoted posthumously? In any case, I thank him for his service. He will be remembered for all time.
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POSTED ON 1.8.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Col Thomas G. Derrickson II - Update from DPAA (MIA Status)

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) website at the below link, the MIA status of Colonel Thomas Gardner Derrickson II, inaugural USAFA Class of 1959, is ACTIVE PURSUIT:

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTitEAG

N.B. that both the ABMC and POW Network websites list Colonel Derrickson as a Lt Col. According to the DPAA website, (then) Captain Derrickson's F-4C aircraft crashed in North Vietnam on 12 October 1967. The U.S. Air Force promoted Capt Derrickson while in MIA status to Major, then Lieutenant Colonel and, finally, Colonel.

As of the latest DPAA update (11 September 2017) Colonel Derrickson is one of 1,602 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War.

http://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/2017_stats/Stats20170911.pdf
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