VIETNAM - THOMAS, EARL WILLIAM JR

Thomas, Earl William

VIETNAM - THOMAS, EARL WILLIAM JR
THOMAS, EARL WILLIAM JR

Rank: Private, Pv-2 (Army), Pvt (Airforce, Marine Corps)

Unit: H Company, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 24-Jan-1949

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 6-May-1968

Incident date: 21-Dec-1968

Date of casualty: 21-Dec-1968

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Drowning. Drowned, suffocated.
Earl William Thomas Jr drowned while in military vehicle on combat operation when vehicle overturned in water while engaging hostile force in firefight.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Richard Charles Bachert
PVT Earl William Thomas Jr

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Paradise North Cemetery, Houston, Texas, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 36W 059 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)