THOMAS W DUGAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 36W, LINE 14 OF THE WALL

THOMAS WAYNE DUGAN

WALL NAME

THOMAS W DUGAN

PANEL / LINE

36W/14

DATE OF BIRTH

05/31/1933

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/13/1968

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Berks County

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PA

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POSTED ON 6.22.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Colonel Thomas Dugan,
Thank you for your service as a Pilot. I am happy you were identified in 2013. WELCOME HOME!
Independence Day is approaching, and we remember your sacrifice. We remember all you who gave their all. 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. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.31.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Colonel Thomas Wayne Dugan, Served with the 8th Tactical Bomb Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 6.22.2017
POSTED BY: Kathy Presley

MIA/POW Bracelet

I still have a bracelet with Thomas Wayne Dugan's name on it that I wore all through high school. I found it again in a box of old memorabilia and looked up his information to see if he'd ever been found. Although I did not know him, I pray for his family and hope they will be able to solve the mystery of his whereabouts.
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POSTED ON 12.13.2014
POSTED BY: JERRY SANDWISCH WOOD CTY.OHIO NAM VET 1969-70 ARMY 173rd ABN BDE

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

MY POW-MIA FLAG IS DISPLAYED 24-7 IN REMEMBRANCE OF ALL THE LOST WARRIORS. THE WAR MAY BE FORGOTTEN BUT THE WARRIOR WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!!!!
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POSTED ON 11.11.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of MAJ Thomas W. Dugan

Final Mission of MAJ Thomas W. Dugan
On December 13, 1968, the crew of a C-123K was dispatched from Nakhon Phanom Airfield located in northern Thailand near the border of Laos on an operational mission over Laos. The C-123, a converted WW II glider equipped with two engines, was assigned night patrol missions along the Ho Chi Minh trail. Flying low at 2000-3000 feet, the job of the seven man crew was to spot enemy truck convoys on the trail and to light up the trails for accompanying B-57 bombers which were flying overhead. The crew on this particular mission included the pilot (name unknown), co-pilot 1LT Joseph P. Fanning, navigators 1LT John S. Albright and 1LT Morgan J. Donahue, and crewmembers SSGT Samuel F. Walker, SSGT Douglas V. Dailey, and TSGT Fred L. Clarke. At 0330 hours, as the aircraft was flying about 30 miles southwest of the Ban Karai Pass in Laos, the crew of the C-123 was jolted by a blow on the top of their plane in the aft section. An overhead B-57 that had been called in for an air strike from Phan Rang Airbase had collided with the control plane. The B-57B was flown by pilot MAJ Thomas W. Dugan and co-pilot MAJ Francis J. McGouldrick. The C-123 lost power and went out of control. The unnamed C-123 pilot, stunned by a blow to the head, lost consciousness. Because of its glider configuration, the C-123 did not fall straight to the ground, but drifted lazily to the ground in a flat spin which lasted several minutes. When the pilot regained consciousness, he noted that the co-pilot (Fanning) and navigator (Donahue) were gone. Donahue's station was in the underbelly of the plane where, lying on his stomach, he directed an infrared detection device through an open hatch. The pilot parachuted out, landed in a treetop where he remained until rescued at dawn. On the way down, he saw another chute below him, but, because of the dark, was unable to determine who the crew member was. The six other members of the C-123 and the two crew members of the B-57 were listed as Missing in Action. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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