HARRY E THOMAS
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HONORED ON PANEL 2E, LINE 52 OF THE WALL

HARRY EUGENE THOMAS

WALL NAME

HARRY E THOMAS

PANEL / LINE

2E/52

DATE OF BIRTH

09/12/1927

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/13/1965

HOME OF RECORD

TAFT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kern County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CDR

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Contact Details
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LEFT FOR HARRY EUGENE THOMAS
POSTED ON 11.17.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 8.13.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross (2nd Award)

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Harry Eugene Thomas, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VA-153), serving aboard U.S.S. CORAL SEA (CVA-43), as a member of the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet, during the period 7 February to 13 August 1965. Planning and coordinating many major strikes conducted by CORAL SEA aircraft against targets in North Vietnam, Commander Thomas, an airborne strike leader, was the first to arrive on target, positively identify it, deliver his ordnance and remain in the immediate target area to control and coordinate the remainder of the strike. During this period, he led successful massive air strikes against such heavily defended targets as Vinh, Than Hoa, the Dong Phoung Thong Bridge and the Puc Loi Naval Depot. On two occasions he guaranteed success of the missions by personally dropping bridge spans. On another occasion he led two successive strikes to account for the destruction of two PT boats and damage a third. Particularly effective on night reconnaissance missions, Commander Thomas, using self-developed tactics, was consistently able to locate and destroy enemy vehicular traffic. On 13 August, he lost his life when his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed while he was leading a small strike group on a low-level mission against an enemy surface-to-air missile site.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/301225
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POSTED ON 8.13.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross (1st Award)

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Harry Eugene Thomas, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-THREE (VF-193), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 13 June 1952.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/301225
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POSTED ON 7.18.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cdr Harry Thomas, Thank you for your service as an Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot on the USS CORAL SEA. Glad you were identified on 1996, Welcome Home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Independence Day just passed. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.31.2015
POSTED BY: Deb Leue-Fokos

Remembering Your Service and Your Family

I am David Leue's daughter, who took over your command after you were shot down and killed by enemy flak in Vietnam. As far as I know, he spent hours looking for you amidst horrendous enemy fire. As the result of your death, new policies were put in force for the safety of pilots, of which you and my dad fought so hard for knowing that it would save many lives.

I remember the day (I was only 12) when my mom went to your wife's house to console her. I remember what beautiful boys you had, I believe both were under 10. We prayed for your family, for God's healing and loving arms.

You are not forgotten! Thank you for your service, oh Man of Valor!
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