THOMAS C ELDRIDGE
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HONORED ON PANEL 36W, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

THOMAS CHARLES ELDRIDGE

WALL NAME

THOMAS C ELDRIDGE

PANEL / LINE

36W/15

DATE OF BIRTH

06/16/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

SA DEC

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/13/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEW IBERIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Iberia Parish

STATE

LA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

EN2

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS CHARLES ELDRIDGE
POSTED ON 6.16.2021
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Petty Officer Second Class Thomas Charles Eldridge, Served aboard PBR-56 (Patrol Boat River 56), River Division 573 (RIVDIV-573), Task Force 116 (TF-116), United States Naval Forces Vietnam (USNAVFORV).
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POSTED ON 6.16.2020
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Sailor.

We can never truly repay the great debt we owe our fallen heroes. Rest in peace EN2. Eldridge, I salute your brave soul.
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POSTED ON 4.26.2020
POSTED BY: Ted C Smith

Still think of you and your brother very often

I was standing on the pier with your brother when we received the devastating news of the ambush. I still cherish our brief friendship to this day.
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POSTED ON 7.22.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

THANK YOU

Dear EN2 Thomas Eldridge,
Thank you for your service as an Engineman 2nd Class. 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 1.24.2016

Final Mission of EN2 Thomas C. Eldridge

EN2 Thomas C. Eldridge and BM1 James C. Ralph served on river patrol boat PBR-56 of the River Division 573, Task Force 116, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam. On the morning of December 13, 1968, their patrol boat was participating in a harassment and interdiction mission about 3 miles northeast of Sa Dec city, RVN, when it came under heavy attack by recoilless rifle, B-40 rocket, and automatic weapons fire from both the north and south banks of an unnamed canal. A B-40 strike caused their craft to lose steering control. Their craft continued to receive numerous enemy weapons hits. Additional PBR’s came to their assistance and PBR-56 was able to withdraw to a friendly outpost where the boat was beached. BM1 Lewis suffered a fatal head wound in the attack. EN2 Eldridge was mortally wounded in the chest. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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