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George William Tom

sketch

Sketch by Cliff Wheeler

Specialist 5th Class, Combat Aviation Crew Chief
281st Assault Helicopter Company
10th CAB, 17th CAG, 1st AVN BDE


From Stanton, Texas
Born January 2nd, 1947
Roman Catholic

Tour of duty began on July 5th, 1968
Killed in action on July 5th, 1968
in Pleiku, South Vietnam
when his helicopter was shot down.

Vietnam Wall Panel 11W, Line 61

1stAB Army Aviator

guidon DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign



George SP5 George Tom, a 23 year old single soldier from Stanton, Texas began his tour of duty with the 281st AHC on July 5, 1968. On April 27, 1970 he was flying a combat aviation mission with WO Robert Wayne Gardner (See WO Gardner's web page for details on the incident) and WO Stanley J. Miller when their aircraft, UH-1H 66-00870, was shot down near Pleiku, South Vietnam.

SP5 George William Tom was a highly respected crew chief and member of the 281st AHC flight and shall not be forgotten.

Gary Fields, the door gunner, survived the crash by jumping from the aircraft at approximately 300 feet in the air.



A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN

ONCE AN INTRUDER ... ALWAYS AN INTRUDER

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