TOMMY L CALLIES
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 82 OF THE WALL

TOMMY LEON CALLIES

WALL NAME

TOMMY L CALLIES

PANEL / LINE

20W/82

DATE OF BIRTH

05/31/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/01/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HOWARD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Miner County

STATE

SD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR TOMMY LEON CALLIES
POSTED ON 1.4.2018
POSTED BY: kr

Captain Tommy L. Callies - Info from POW Network (MIA)

Information about MIA Captain Tommy Leon Callies, USAFA 1965, from the POW Network website is at this link:

http://pownetwork.org/bios/c/c357.htm

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POSTED ON 9.14.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK YOU

Dear Captain Tommy Callies,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot (Various.) You are still MIA.
PLEASE COME HOME.
As another summer comes to an end, 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. Be at peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2015
POSTED BY: jim white

An ace at heart

Tommy and I were crewed together at George AFB CA as he was upgrading to the front seat and I was one of 7 navigators to be the first new UNT grads assigned to back seat training there. I will never forget the hours we spent together, especially the time we flew down Wrightwood's main street upside down. I will also never forget when I heard of his loss. He was a grand pilot, officer and friend.
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POSTED ON 5.25.2015
POSTED BY: Just a SD girl who lives in Colorado - Linda Repko

Thanks, Tommy

I knew Tommy when he was at the AF Academy. I remember him as being very intelligent, honest and caring. Tommy had a beautiful tenor voice. I still think of him and want to thank him for his service.






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POSTED ON 7.23.2014

Final Mission of CAPT Tommy L. Callies

On August 1, 1969, just four years after he graduated from the Air Force Academy, CAPT Tommy L. Callies found himself in the Vietnam war as the pilot of an F-4E Phantom fighter/bomber jet. On this day, 1LT Douglas Burd was his back-seater, having charge of navigation and bombing. It was Callies' dream to become a career pilot, and he and Burd were flying one of the most exciting aircraft of the time. The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F-4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. The F-4 was selected for a number of state-of-the-art electronics conversions, which improved radar intercept and computer bombing capabilities enormously. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around. It was equipped with Skyspot radar, which helped ground radar track the plane. When the Phantom flown by Callies was in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, just about 25 miles southwest of the city of Quang Ngai, the Skyspot was put to test. The plane was shot down. Observers feel that Tommy Callies and Doug Burd died in the crash of their plane, and circumstances surrounding the area of crash indicate a very good chance the enemy knew what happened to them. The two are on the rolls of the missing because their bodies were never returned. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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