THOMAS O ZORN JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 74 OF THE WALL

THOMAS ONEAL ZORN JR

WALL NAME

THOMAS O ZORN JR

PANEL / LINE

1W/74

DATE OF BIRTH

06/14/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/17/1972

HOME OF RECORD

WAYCROSS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ware County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

Book a time
Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS ONEAL ZORN JR
POSTED ON 9.17.2021
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Vet

REMEMBERED

Captain Thomas O'Neal Zorn, Jr., you are especially remembered on this Prisoner of War-Missing in Action Day, 2021, along with your fellow POW's and MIA's. He served as a Pilot and was assigned to the 17TH WILD WEASEL SQDN, 388TH TAC FTR WING, 7TH Air Force.
See http://www.virtualwall.org/dz/ZornTO01a.htm
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POSTED ON 6.10.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 75th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

POW-MIA...Never Forget

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 6.4.2021
POSTED BY: Paul Metz

Tommy

Tommy Zorn was my best friend. He was a Waycross, Georgia lad who talked about "Georgia Ice-cream" (aka grits) with his eggs in the morning. He was in my F-105 class, the last of the Thud classes, at Wichita, Kansas in 1970 and we hit it off right away. He was a bachelor and would come over to the house many nights to just talk. He seemed to be a part of our family even showing up for Aaron’s first birthday party,



When it came time for us “young lieutenants" to go to Vietnam, Tommy left first and I followed a month later.

He had settled in by the time I got to Korat Royal Thai Air Base in August 1972 but we got together to swap war stories as soon as I arrived at my hootch, the living quarters built on the base for the U.S. forces.

We talked often after that, virtually every day and especially the night before the mission. He came over and wanted to talk about Cindy, his girlfriend back in Wichita. He was totally absorbed with getting back and marrying her. The next morning September 17th, we were both scheduled for missions into North Vietnam.

Tommy was going to lead his first flight into North Vietnam's most dangerous “Route Pack 6” near Hanoi. He was nervous as always about not wanting to make a mistake but he was the best pilot in our young lieutenants group. He was going to do fine.

His briefing was about an hour before mine so I was head down deep into my briefing when he walked by my briefing room door. For some reason I looked up and he turned his head to me and our eyes locked. I will never forget it. He had a far away look in his eyes and was neither happy nor sad. He was gone from sight in an instant and I went back to my briefing. A millisecond in this life but that brief glance at his face has stayed with me forever.

He never came back. His F-105 was hit by a Surface to Air Missile, we called a “SAM”. Tommy tried to fly east to the water and safety. It was no use. He could not hold the badly damaged airplane and he and his back-seater ejected. They landed in the Haiphong harbor and a Navy helo responded to the emergency call. The Navy rescue swimmer managed to get to one body. That crew member was dead. The other body was being pulled by the still-inflated parachute into shore. The helo started taking artillery fire and had to evacuate the area with neither body recovered.

I have visited Tommy at the wall a few times after the war and he remains the same Tommy Zorn I knew at age 26.
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POSTED ON 12.7.2020
POSTED BY: Stiles Odum

A Great Friend and wonderful person

I ALWAYS KNEW HE WOULD DO GREAT THINGS. i RAN INTO HIM AT OUR AIRPORT RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT AND ALWAYS WILL CHERISH THAT LAST MEMORY.
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POSTED ON 9.13.2020
POSTED BY: Bill Reed

POW Bracelet

I have been wearing his POW virtually every day of my life since I got it from the Shoppete at Lackland AFB during basic training in Sept 1990. The date he went missing was 2 days after I was born. His memory has been with me for every event of my adult life For the past 30 years. Holidays, birthdays, weddings, etc. I never knew him but it my honor to wear his bracelet and always honor his memory.
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