THOMAS W BARNARD
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HONORED ON PANEL 44W, LINE 1 OF THE WALL

THOMAS WALTER BARNARD

WALL NAME

THOMAS W BARNARD

PANEL / LINE

44W/1

DATE OF BIRTH

05/20/1934

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG DUC

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/08/1968

HOME OF RECORD

TUTTLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Grady County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS WALTER BARNARD
POSTED ON 1.19.2019
POSTED BY: Richard M. Anderson

It Was an Honor

Sgt. Barnard and I shared 2 man cadre room on the 2nd floor of a barracks at B Co., 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, 1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, in 1966. I was the Company Supply Sergeant. At the time we were a Basic and Advance Infantry Training (AIT) battalion. We received the recruits in street clothes and at the end of training, with very few exceptions sent them en masse to Viet Nam. I remember Sergeant Bernard as a nice and friendly guy, always upbeat, and always a gentleman. I left the Army in August of that year, and remember that he was discussing going to Panama for jungle warfare training. I hadn’t seen his face for 52 years, until I saw his picture today when I came across this site. God bless Sgt. Barnard for his sacrifice, and his honorable service to his country.
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POSTED ON 7.30.2018
POSTED BY: Clifford Barnard

Family Remembers

Hi Tom. A few lines to say we all miss you. I'm sure you know but Cliff Jr. passed awaw in April. Laura and I a both taking it pretty hard. He is interned in thr Veterans Cenetary in Exeter, Rhode Island. It is a very beautiful resting place and Laura and I have the two ajoining plots. I'm 81 so it shouldn't be long HA HA funny huh? All our love, your brother Clifford and family
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POSTED ON 5.20.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Master Sergeant Thomas Walter Barnard, Served with Advisory Team 33, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command Vietnam Advisors, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 8.6.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of MSGT Thomas W. Barnard

Final Mission of MSGT Thomas W. Barnard
On September 8, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 67-17149) from the 155th Assault Helicopter Company was on a V.I.P. flight from Ban Me Thout to Duc Lap when it crashed after losing power 8 miles northeast of Duc Lap in Quang Duc Province, RVN. Four U.S. personnel and two Vietnamese were killed. Two crewmen, the gunner and crew chief, survived and were rescued. The aircraft was on a direct route from Ban Me Thuot to its destination at 2000 feet when a loss of power occurred while pilot WO1 William P. Harwood was at the controls. Loud popping and grinding noises from the transmission and engine area were heard by the gunner and crew chief simultaneously with the loss of power. Immediately, the aircraft commander, WO1 Redlick S. Koppel, took control of the aircraft, simultaneously initiating a mayday call and an autorotation. At this time the left cargo door was opened but the right cargo door was closed. Passenger MSGT Thomas W. Barnard had a PRC-25 FM radio on board and used it to make a distress call. With no forced landing areas to autorotate into, the aircraft commander was made to land into 200-foot-tall trees and extremely dense foliage. The autorotation terminated with zero airspeed at tree top level, causing the helicopter to fall straight through the trees. Upon nearing the ground the aircraft turned on its left side and hit the ground with the left front first. The tail boom remained intact but was severed from the fuselage and the main rotor and transmission were still in place. Upon contacting the ground, the gunner broke the window out of the right cargo door and pulled himself out. It appeared that all personnel in the cargo compartment were unconscious. The gunner attempted to pull one of the passengers through the window of the cargo door, but was unable. He then went forward to the right pilot door and attempted to open it, but could not get the door open. At this time the helicopter burst into flames and the gunner jumped back from the burning aircraft. The crew chief was able to crawl out of his position just prior to the fire. The flames were observed coming through the tree canopy by a forward air controller aircraft. Within ten minutes the forward air controller aircraft was on the scene and assisted a medivac into the area. A medic was lowered down to the crash area and assisted in getting the two survivors into the medivac aircraft. The lost U.S. personnel included pilots WO1 Harwood and WO1 Koppel, and passengers MSGT Barnard and COL Rex R. Sage. Two Vietnamese nationals also perished in the crash. [Taken from vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 11.17.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR MASTER SERGEANT BARNARD,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A INFANTRY SENIOR SERGEANT/INSTRUCTOR. WATCH OVER OUR NATION. VETERANS' DAY JUST PASSED - SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AND HONOR ALL OF YOU. THANKSGIVING IS APPROACHING. WE GIVE THANKS FOR YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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