THOMAS E KNEBEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 65E, LINE 12 OF THE WALL

THOMAS EDWARD KNEBEL

WALL NAME

THOMAS E KNEBEL

PANEL / LINE

65E/12

DATE OF BIRTH

06/11/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/22/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MIDWAY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Baxter County

STATE

AR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CMS

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LEFT FOR THOMAS EDWARD KNEBEL
POSTED ON 5.25.2020
POSTED BY: Connie Hawkins

POW/MIA Bracelet

I was never honored to meet Thomas but I wore his name on my arm for years on my POW/MIA bracelet...I always remembered his name even though my bracelet got misplaced during a move...However visiting the Vietnam wall I found him..So thankful I got to see this information on him and finally he was brought home to his family...I will never forget him..Thankful for his service..God Bless our United States..
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POSTED ON 1.6.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear MSgt Thomas Knebel, Thank you for your service as an Instrument Repair Technician. I am glad you were identified in 2009. Welcome Home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is the Epiphany, Merry Christmas and happy New Year in heaven. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.12.2019

Final Mission of AM1 Thomas E. Knebel

On May 22, 1968, a U.S. Air Force C-130A Hercules (#56-0477) from the 817th Tactical Airlift Squadron (crewed by members of the 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron) departed Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand on a Blind Bat nighttime flare-dropping mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Radio contact was lost with the aircraft while it was over Savannakhet Province, Laos, near the city of Muong Nong, where it was thought to have crashed as other aircraft reported seeing a large fire in the area. No search and rescue was initiated because of the lack of any confirmation of survivors. An electronic search of the area was made for evidence of survivors with negative results. After the Hercules did not return to friendly control, the eight crewmen and one passenger were declared Missing in Action from the time of its estimated fuel exhaustion. There was no further word of the aircraft or its crew. The lost crewmen included pilot COL William H. Mason, co-pilot MAJ Thomas B. Mitchell, navigator MAJ William T. McPhail, flight engineer SSGT Calvin C. Glover, loadmaster SMSG Gary Pate, flare handler CMSG John Q. Adam, and crewmen CMSG Melvin D. Rash and AM1 Thomas E. Knebel. LTC Jerry L. Chambers was listed as the passenger on board the flight. In 2009, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team conducted a field recovery effort at the suspected crash site which led to a June 2010 U.S. Department of Defense announcement that the remains of the nine U.S. service members had been accounted for and returned to their families. A group remains burial for the crew took place on June 10, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, aviation-safety.net, c-130.net, and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 7.5.2018

...not forgotten.

I had a MIA/POW bracelet from school in the 70's with this man's name on. I'm disappointed to see his name here but his sacrifice will always be remembered by me. I can only imagine the bravery of this man and could never be his equal.
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POSTED ON 8.19.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CMS Thomas Edward Knebel, 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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