William Archable ThomasStaff Sergeant
C CO, 2ND BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
04 July 1939 - 16 February 1967
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The database page for William Archable Thomas
This is my dad, Army Staff Sergeant William A. Thomas, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
He served in Vietnam and was killed during hostile ground action in the province of Kontum on February 16, 1967. He was 27 when he died. I was only 4 months old so I never got to grow up with him in my life, but through stories from relatives and dad's friends I feel that I knew him. He may not have been in my life, but he has always been a part of my life and I make sure his memory stays alive with my son.
We are very proud of the sacrifice my father made and do what we can for those listed as POW/MIA.
They will never be forgotten...
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From his daughter,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 16 Feb 1967 the 1st Platoon, C Company, 2/8th Infantry, was ambushed while conducting a reconnaissance patrol in Kontum Province, SVN. Surrounded on three side by enemy forces and under murderous machinegun and mortar fire, the platoon formed a hasty defensive perimeter and fought for their lives. Although the platoon was relieved, 23 men died in the fighting. One, Platoon Sergeant Elmelindo R. Smith, was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for his personal courage in rallying his troops and warding off a complete catastrophe.
Staff Sergeant William A. Thomas was one of the men who died in the battle.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009