THOMAS L BRATTAIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 82 OF THE WALL

THOMAS LAIRD BRATTAIN

WALL NAME

THOMAS L BRATTAIN

PANEL / LINE

38W/82

DATE OF BIRTH

03/24/1933

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/28/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PORTLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Multnomah County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

MAJ

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS LAIRD BRATTAIN
POSTED ON 5.27.2018

Final Mission of MAJ Thomas L. Brattain

On November 28, 1968, a U.S. Air Force F-4D Phantom II (#66-7646) from the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron was involved in a landing accident at Da Nang Air base in Quang Nam Province, RVN. Both crewmen, MAJ Thomas L. Brattain and 1LT Kenneth R. Crist, suffered fatal injuries in the incident. They had been part of a flight of two Phantoms conducting a combat visual strike mission. Having completed their mission, it was returning to home base when it diverted to an urgent additional mission to assist friendly troops under fire. During the second mission, MAJ Brattain’s aircraft reached a low-fuel status and turned towards Da Nang Air Base. The landing appeared normal in all respects until the aircraft neared the touchdown point where it began a roll to the right. LT Crist ejected from the Phantom as it hit the runway. The ejection was successful, however Crist was seriously burned during and after separation from the aircraft. He was hospitalized and succumbed to his injuries December 17, 1968. MAJ Brattain was thrown from the aircraft in its final deceleration and died immediately. Crist was posthumously promoted to Captain. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and memwall.usafalibrary.com]
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POSTED ON 3.17.2018
POSTED BY: Cindy Carbiener

Across the years

I was 10 years old when we lost Major Brattain. I remember a party with at his home with his wife and children. I also remember then my father, Lt. Col. Robert L Dresslar, mother and me went to visit at Major Brattain's home just after his accident. Thank you for your sacrifice. I will always remember you and your family.
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POSTED ON 6.26.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANKS

Dear Major Brattain,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot. Independence Day is approaching, and it is important 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 courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.2.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major Thomas Laird Brattain, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 3.28.2013
POSTED BY: Jim and Tom Reece, and Rosa King

Salute to a Fellow Veteran

You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.

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