Gist, Tommy Emerson, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1555D-Weapon Systems Officer
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Service Years
1960 - 1968

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Durant, OK
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 18, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Highland Cemetery - Durant, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
62E 022

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Cold War Medal

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Navigator Observer (basic)

 Unit Assignments
14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1967-1968, 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1967-1968, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1967-1968, RF-4C Phantom II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 18 May 1968 an RF-4C (serial 66-0442) was shot down while conducting a reconnaissance flight near Dong Hoi in southern North Vietnam. The two crewmen, Captain Terry J. Uyeyama of Leonia, NJ, and Captain Tommy E. Gist of Durant, OK, were classed as Missing in Action.

Almost five years later, on 14 March 1973, Captain Uyeyama was released during Operation Homecoming. Captain Gist did not come home - he apparently had been killed in the incident. On 30 May 1974 the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Gist, who had been promoted to Major. His remains have not been repatriated.


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