Melvin Carl Thompson

Aviation Electrician 1st Class
United States Navy
24 May 1935 - 06 February 1968
Colquitt, Georgia
Panel 37E Line 072

USN Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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15 Aug 2005


Ray Davidson
18 Jun 2006

Happy Father's Day, Dad. I'm thinking about you. I miss you.

Love you,
Your daughter

Cindy Thompson
P. O. Box 38, Fort McCoy, Fl 32134

31 Jan 2007

My name is HM3 Sarah L. Figueroa. I am currently the proud supporter of the AG1 Melvin C. Thompson/ USN 06 FEB 68 SVN MIA bracelet. I wear it proudly daily at the hospital I work at. When people ask about it, I tell them the story of a brave sailor who sacrificed his life, love, and family to serving his country. I also have the certificate of authenticity of the bracelet I wear. God Bless your family, AG1 Thompson.

Very Respectfully,
HM3 Sarah L. Figueroa
US Naval Hospital, Guam

USHN Guam PSC 490 Box 7612, FPO AP 96538

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On the morning of 05 Feb 1968, a P-3B aircraft (BuNo 153440) of Patrol Squadron 26 departed U-Tapao Air Base in Thailand for a 24-hour "Market Time" patrol over the Gulf of Thailand and the southern Vietnamese coastline. The aircraft was manned by VP-26's Crew Eight, normally based at NAS Brunswick, Maine, but on TDY to Southeast Asia. Shortly after midnight on the night of 5/6 Feb 68 the crew reported the first of a number of small surface contacts. Nothing was heard from Crew Eight after a final radio contact at 0300 06 Feb, and SAR efforts were begun after daybreak. Floating wreckage was located in the Gulf of Thailand about 65 miles southwest of Rach Gia, SVN. Salvage efforts began on 11 Feb and located the aircraft wreckage in about 100 feet of water, but divers were able to recover the bodies of only two of the twelve men aboard:
  • LCDR Robert F. Meglio, Flushing, NY (body recovered)
  • LT Thomas P. Jones, Buffalo, NY
  • LTJG Roy A. Huss, Eau Claire, WI
  • LTJG Lynn M. Travis, Newport, AR
  • AXCS Donald F. Burnett, Montgomery, AL
  • AOC Donald L. Gallagher, Sheboygan, WI
  • AX1 Billy W. McGhee, Rockwood, TN (body recovered)
  • ADR1 James C. Newman, Knoxville, TN
  • AE1 Melvin C. Thompson, Colquitt, GA
  • AMH2 Homer E. McKay, Shallowater, TX
  • AX3 Armando Chapa, San Jose, CA
  • AX3 William F. Farris, West Salem, IL

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Sep 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009