Hergert, Thomas Malcolm, Col

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Primary Unit
1963-1964, 1115A, 1st Air Commando Squadron
Service Years
1940 - 1964
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1964
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 045

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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1964, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments
366th Fighter Squadron358th Fighter Group492nd Fighter Squadron - Madhatters48th Operations Group
Military Advisory Assistance Group Vietnam (MAAGV)34th Tactical Group1st Air Commando Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 366th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 358th Fighter Group
  1955-1956, 21, 492nd Fighter Squadron - Madhatters
  1956-1957, 21, 48th Operations Group
  1963-1964, Military Advisory Assistance Group Vietnam (MAAGV)
  1963-1964, 1115A, 34th Tactical Group
  1963-1964, 1115A, 1st Air Commando Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1963-1964 Vietnam Advisory Campaign (1961-65)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-84 Thunderjet  F-86 Sabre  F-100 Super Sabre  
A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  
  1943-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1953-1955, F-84 Thunderjet
  1955-1957, F-86 Sabre
  1956-1957, F-100 Super Sabre
  1963-1964, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Colonel Hergert began his career learning to fly at the Spartan Primary School (Spartan School of Aeronautics) in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the summer of 1940.

In Europe, he flew with the 366th Fighter Squadron, 358th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force in the P-47 flying out of England and France (after D-Day). He shot down 1 German aircraft as a Captain on 8 February 1945. At one point, he had been shot down, but managed to escape back to England, apparently aboard a Messerschmit.

He also served in the Korean War.  He served as a pilot and unit commander at various stations following the War.

Colonel Hergert served with the 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group out of Bien Hoa AB.  He was lost on his last mission in Vietnam during an armed reconnaissance about 20 miles east of Tay Ninh when he was shot down.  He was aboard an A-1H, training South Vietnamese pilots at the time.  He was initially listed as MIA.

http://airwarvietnam.com/1acs.htm (1st Air Commando info) http://myweb.cableone.net/4jdurham/durham/durhamphotos.html  (1940 photo)
http://www.americandday.org/Airfields/index.html#RAF HighHaldon (RAF High Haldon Station 141, England)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/1520924/US-Air-Force-AFD080118007 (492nd Fighter Squadron commander, see page 73)
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_358.php (shoot down in WWII)

http://vietnam-wall.myarmedforces.com/profile/23006/Thomas_Hergert# (photo WWII) http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Country-By-Country/Vietnam_South.htm

"Parade Ground Nazis Decimated by Planes in Surprise Attack," Stars and Stripes Newspaper (ETO Edition), 30 March 1945, page 23.  (Captain Hergert led a surprise attack on a formation of German soldiers lined up in formation, apparently "killing 75 on the first pass."  This was 8 miles behind the lines at the time according to the article.)

"State Man Killed in Vietnam", Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, 11 March 1964, page 3.

Note: Due to the nature of our early involvement, he is sometimes listed as flying under the auspices 1173rd Special Activities Squadron, training SVN pilots.  According to the newspaper articles, his wife was with him in Saigon at the time.
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