THOMAS A CARTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 96 OF THE WALL

THOMAS ANTHONY CARTER

WALL NAME

THOMAS A CARTER

PANEL / LINE

29E/96

DATE OF BIRTH

05/28/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/14/1967

HOME OF RECORD

FT LAUDERDALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Broward County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS ANTHONY CARTER
POSTED ON 1.31.2019
POSTED BY: BILL ANDREWS

I MISS YOU BROTHER

You are SO missed brother! Kind, thoughtful, smart, he made our years together at Tulane & in the USMC a time wonderful memories.
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POSTED ON 10.14.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK YOU

Dear Captain Thomas Carter,
Thank you for your service as a HMH/M/L/A (I) Helicopter Pilot. 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 strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2016

Final Mission of CAPT Thomas A. Carter

On November 14, 1967, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-1E (tail number 153737) from VMO-3 was a single ship VIP flight for the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division. The official USMC history states that the aircraft crashed inverted in a flooded rice paddy and that there was still a fuel fire burning when the CO of the 4th Marines arrived in another helicopter. This party landed on a dike and walked to the crashed UH-1E. They put the fire out and had to dive under water to get the bodies out. There were six KIAs in the crash. The lost crewmembers included pilots CAPT Thomas A. Carter and CAPT Milton G. Kelsey, and crew chief CPL Ronald J. Phelps. The three passengers were MGEN Bruno A. Hochmuth, MAJ Robert A. Crabtree, and an unknown ARVN advisor to MGEN Hochmuth. The following is an eyewitness account of the incident from a pilot of the administrative chase helicopter: (After visiting an RVN hospital pad at Hue) the General's party arrived back at the aircraft about 1145 and we departed north along Highway #1 toward Dong Ha, our next destination. We leveled off just underneath the overcast at approximately 1500 feet and about 90 knots airspeed. About 5 minutes after takeoff, at 1150, the UH-1E yawed slightly right and left and at the same instant exploded in mid-air. The explosion appeared to emanate from the center portion of the aircraft (engine and aft cabin area). The whole aircraft was immediately engulfed in a large fire ball and dense black smoke. The fuselage separated from the rotor, and fragments flew in all directions. The rotor appeared to remain intact and the burning fuselage fell away in a near vertical descent. Because of the dense smoke and my evasive action to fly clear of the falling debris, I was unable to observe the maneuvers of the fuselage on the way down or the impact. I transmitted the crash position and the circumstances on Guard channel and then descended to see if I could detect any survivors or assist. The fuselage was still burning though it was almost completely submerged in a flooded rice paddy. We hovered around the wreckage for 5-10 minutes but found no evidence of survivors. The crew chief spotted a hardhat about 100 meters from the fuselage and I hovered with the helicopter's wheels in the water while he debarked and retrieved it, but he was unable to find any survivors in the vicinity. We then climbed back to altitude and transmitted our observations on guard. We remained in the area until other aircraft were dispatched to relive us on station. I observed no weapons fire at the time of the explosion, nor did I receive any fire while hovering around the crash scene. (From MAJ John A. Chancey) [Taken from vhpa.org and popasmoke.com; image from popasmoke.com]
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POSTED ON 5.30.2016
POSTED BY: Susan Clark Thompson

Ever young

Those blue eyes. That infectious smile. The thrill it pride in his racing green Porche! Ever remembered! R. I. P. , Tony. Thank you for your service & sacrifice. Semper fi.
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POSTED ON 5.30.2016
POSTED BY: Susan Clark Thompson

Ever young

Those blue eyes. That infectious smile. The thrill it pride in his racing green Porche! Ever remembered! R. I. P. , Tony. Thank you for your service & sacrifice. Semper fi.
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