THOMAS J CASEY JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 32W, LINE 42 OF THE WALL

THOMAS JEROME CASEY JR

WALL NAME

THOMAS J CASEY JR

PANEL / LINE

32W/42

DATE OF BIRTH

10/17/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/16/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WANTAGH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR THOMAS JEROME CASEY JR
POSTED ON 10.17.2022
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace WO. Casey, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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POSTED ON 2.7.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 10.17.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Thomas Jerome Casey Jr., Served with Company B, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 5.27.2018

Final Mission of WO1 Thomas J. Casey Jr.

On February 16, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15286) from B Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, suffered an engine failure after takeoff from Tonle Cham Camp in Binh Long Province, RVN, and went down. One crewman, pilot WO1 Thomas J. Casey Jr., was fatally injured in the crash. There are three accounts for this incident: First account - The crew was on a routine logistical support mission. The aircraft had been loaded with about 600 pounds of cargo at approximately 1500 hours and was preparing to take off to the southeast. The crew made a hover check and requested takeoff instructions from the tower. While hovering to the active runway, the aircraft was affected by a nearby CH-47 helicopter, which caused ground turbulence. After executing a low-level takeoff, the aircraft climbed to an altitude of 100 to 150 feet and 80 knots airspeed, then made a turn to the left. After reaching this airspeed and altitude the engine quit. The crew commenced to execute an emergency landing. A radio call was made to Tonle Cham tower explaining the emergency. On short final the aircraft struck a tree with the tailboom. The aircraft touched down in a level attitude with sufficient force to collapse the skids. The aircraft subsequently caught fire and burned. [From vhpa.org – Note: Casey’s DA 2496 disposition form prepared by the Army states the aircraft crashed but did not burn]; Second account – (The) aircraft had (an) engine failure out of Tonle Cham (Camp). (The aircraft) autorotated into triple canopy jungle. On impact, (the) aircraft rolled nose down and to the left, impacting ground nose first on left side and he (WO1 Casey) was hit in the back of the head by a crate of ammo causing massive head injuries. All crew members were pulled out on a basket by a medevac. All equipment (was) left behind, so I went in with a patrol on the ground to recover the equipment. Everything recovered except for the reason we went in and that was for the division CEOI (communications, electronics operations instructions). [From Clinton Williams, platoon leader (July 1999) at vhpa.org]; Third account – (The) aircraft was on a tactical emergency resupply of C Company, 5/7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Cool Killer 6). Unit was in active contact due to ambush. (The) aircraft had departed LZ Jake and was in the engagement area. Believe enemy fire caused engine failure resulting in loss of the aircraft and 1 dead, 3 injured. [From William J. Weber, B Company, 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division at vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 10.17.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

THANK YOU

Dear WO Thomas Casey,
Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot with the 1st Cavalry. Today is your 73rd birthday. Happy Birthday. 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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