Harry Lindsay Thain

Army of the United States
22 August 1944 - 24 May 1972
Zephyrhills, Florida
Panel 01W Line 031

Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Harry L Thain

The database page for Harry Lindsay Thain

30 Jun 2003

"Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

Harry and I were in Flight School together. Harry had already survived one tour in Vietnam on the ground, but he wanted to fly.

One day in July, 1971 Harry sat in our trailer with my wife while I was at Ft. Rucker in class. All the wives had adopted him as a wonderful bachelor, soft-spoken, trustworthy and determined. Harry was watching her play with our new son, David, the first born of the Gray Hat class. Harry knew we were all headed to Vietnam after flight school. He said to Emily, "You and Willie have so much to live for, and I really don't have anyone but myself and my mom. If I could, I would take Willie's place." He did.

We miss you Harry.
Will, Emily, David and Martha.

William Robertson

14 Aug 2004

Toy truck dirt road builder,
Ant farm builder,
Cypress knee hunter,
Boy scout,
Altar boy,
N-gauge railroad enthusiast,
Explorer scout,
MGB owner and mechanic,
Firecracker and cherry bomb specialist,
Ham radio operator (WK4KSA),
Model airplane and boat builder,
Roller skating whiz,
Gymkhana winner,
Eagle scout,
State and National pistol champion,
Computer enthusiast,
West Point graduate,

and most importantly, MY BROTHER.

From his sister,
Judith Thain

24 Sep 2006

Harry Thain,

You are missed by all of your friends. I too, was with you in flight school, and I remember meeting your parents on Oct. 5, 1971 in Fort Rucker, Alabama. If any family members are reading this message, please contact me by phone at 210-493-2347 (home) or 210-213-6686 (cell) or at the postal or e-mail addresses below.

I was the one who gave you several photos of the P-51D Mustang. You were interested in War Birds, like I was and still am. You also mentioned you wanted to see and maybe settle in Australia.

Thoughts and prayers with you...

From a Flight School friend,
CWO-4 Rudy D. Decker (RET) 71-32A1
1110 Vista Valet #112, San Antonio, Texas 78216

A Note from The Virtual Wall

A CH-47C, tail number 68-15854, of the 62nd Aviation Company was hit in the cockpit by a 60mm mortar shell while supporting an ARVN radar site near Quang Tri. The aircraft crashed, killing all five men aboard:
  • WO1 James Arther Barefield, pilot
  • CPT Harry Lindsay Thain, copilot
  • SP6 Frank Allen Newman, crew chief
  • SP5 Charles William Gaches, gunner
  • PFC David Lee Brooks, Jr, gunner
As noted by his sister, Captain Thain was graduated from the US Military Academy with the class of 1969.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 Jun 2003
Last updated 08/10/2009