THOMAS D GILLASPY
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 127 OF THE WALL

THOMAS DAVID GILLASPY

WALL NAME

THOMAS D GILLASPY

PANEL / LINE

9W/127

DATE OF BIRTH

10/17/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/07/1970

HOME OF RECORD

MONTICELLO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lawrence County

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS DAVID GILLASPY
POSTED ON 12.16.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Thomas Gillaspy,
Thank you for your service as a Field Artillery Unit Commander (Pilot.) Merry Christmas. 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 8.29.2016

Final Mission of 1LT Thomas D. Gillaspy

On July 7, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail (number 68-15136) from A Battery (Dragons), 4th Howitzer Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery, 101st Airborne Division, crashed during night aerial rocket artillery (ARA) mission possibly due to vertigo or target fixation. Both crewmen were fatally injured in the crash. The lost crewmen included CW2 Thomas W. Damm and 1LT Thomas D. Gillaspy. The aircraft was flying in support of ground troops west of Firebase Brick when the aircraft hit the ground while engaging enemy forces. When asked what he witnessed, the wingman reported, "He just flew it into the ground." CW2 Damm was originally assigned to B Battery, 4/77th ARA. After a few months he requested to be grounded for personal reasons. He was then transferred to A Battery where he was doing administrative work for a while. After a month or so he was needed back in the cockpit and started flying combat missions again. It was only after one or two missions back on flight status that he went out on this night mission. [Taken from vhpa.org, vvmf.org, and firemission.s5.com]
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POSTED ON 7.7.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Thomas David Gillaspy, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 12.18.2012
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Thomas is buried at Masonic Cemtery, Monticello,MS. BSM PH

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POSTED ON 7.7.2005
POSTED BY: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Not forgotten

Thomas, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today.
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