Clark, Thomas Edward, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115B-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1963 - 1969
Major

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1939
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Emporium, PA
Last Address
Phu Cat AB

Casualty Date
Feb 08, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Marks Cemetery - Emporium, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33W 084

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 Unit Assignments
3575th Pilot Training SquadronAir Training Command60th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy4510th Combat Crew Training Wing
31st Tactical Fighter Wing416th Tactical Fighter Squadron37th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1963-1964, 3575th Pilot Training Squadron
  1964-1965, Air Training Command
  1965-1968, 60th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1968-1968, 4510th Combat Crew Training Wing
  1968-1969, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania State University at HarrisburgUnited States Air Force Academy
  1957-1959, Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg
  1959-1963, United States Air Force Academy1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1964-1968, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1968-1969, F-100 Super Sabre1
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Last Known Activity

Captain Thomas Edward Clark                                KIA 8 February 1969

Capt Clark was reported missing on 8 February 1969 while on a mission
over southern Laos.
The F-100 he was piloting (F-100D S/N 55-3562) crashed -
no parachute was seen; no beeper heard.
Prior to assignment to the 416th TFS at Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, he was a B-52
copilot at the 60th Bombardment Squadron, Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico.
His status was changed from MIA to KIA in 1973. He was posthumously
promoted to major during the time he was missing. .
"With the war in the North halted the North Vietnamese moved thier defenses onto
the Ho Chi Minh Trial and the USAF responded by flying more defense suppression
sorties in sourthern Laos. A flight of Super Sabares was sent to destroy an anti-
aircraft position near Ban Kapay, 25 miles west of the DMZ. Capt Clark's aircraft
was hit by 23mm ground fire as he prepared to attack the target and he crashed before
he was able to eject." Weinert
Sources: USAFA Obituary; Simon, Paula, USAFA AOG volunteer, Fall 2005;
Weinert, Charles Lewis USAFA 1969...compiled from the AOG Register of
Graduates, fellow students, and excerpts from
Vietnam Air Losses by Chris Hobson, Midland Publishing.




Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 1998.
REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Tom Clark graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1963, after
having already spent two years at Penn State University. He was sometimes
referred to as an "old man" at the Academy. He was interested in politics
and flying and looked forward to a military career.

Nearly 6 years after his graduation, Tom Clark was flying a mission in Laos
over the Ho Chi Minh Trail just northwest of the DMZ when his aircraft was
shot down.
... Source: http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/c/c033.htm

  

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UPDATE: Major Clark's remains were returned to his family in 2011. Buried at Saint Marks Cemetery, Emporium, Cameron County, Pennsylvania

   
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