DOUGLAS THOMAS JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

DOUGLAS THOMAS JR

WALL NAME

DOUGLAS THOMAS JR

PANEL / LINE

13E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

09/16/1945

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lexington County

STATE

SC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

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LEFT FOR DOUGLAS THOMAS JR
POSTED ON 2.1.2024
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 9.12.2023
POSTED BY: ANON

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Never forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 7.16.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear AN Douglas Thomas, Thank you for your service as an Airman on the USS RANGER. 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 9.15.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 3.28.2019

Casualty at Sea

AN Douglas Thomas Jr. was an airman serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61). AN Thomas was a “chock walker,” a sailor whose duty was to place wheel chocks closely against the wheels of an aircraft on the flight deck to prevent accidental movement. On August 3, 1966, the Ranger was underway in the Gulf of Tonkin, supporting combat operations in Southeast Asia. During flight operations, Thomas was assisting in the respotting (repositioning) of a Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior tanker when he was critically injured after one of the wheels of the 60,000lb. jet rolled over him. A medic on the flight deck immediately began to administer aid and Thomas was wrapped in a blanket and put on a stretcher and taken below to sickbay. His distraught crewmates never learned exactly how he lost his footing before the Skywarrior ran over him, the wheel passing from his knee up across his abdomen. Thomas died the following day. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Wallace Hutchinson (March 2019)]
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