Derrickson, Thomas Gardner, II, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1979, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1959 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Altos, California
Last Address
Cam Ranh AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 097

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2010, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments7th Tactical Fighter SquadronAir Proving Ground Center12th Tactical Fighter Wing
557th Tactical Fighter SquadronUS Air Force
  1959-1960, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1961-1965, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, Air Proving Ground Center
  1966-1967, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1967, 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1979, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, BerkeleyUnited States Air Force Academy
  1954-1955, University of California, Berkeley
  1955-1959, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-100 Super Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-4 Phantom  
  1960-1966, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1961-1966, F-100 Super Sabre
  1961-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1966-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Capt. Thomas G. Derrickson II and 1Lt. John K. Hardy Jr. comprised the crew
of an F4C Phantom jet assigned an armed reconnaissance mission over North
Vietnam on October 12, 1967. Derrickson and Hardy were in the lead aircraft
in a flight of two. Over Quang Binh Province, they sighted ground targets
and radioed to their wingman that they were "rolling in." Shortly
thereafter, the wingman saw a flash of yellow light followed by a fire and a
cloud of black smoke. Attempts to contact Derrickson and Hardy were

According to the Hardy family, many efforts were made to obtain information
concerning what happened to Hardy and Derrickson that day with no success.
It is known that their last known location was about 15 miles south of the
city of Dong Hoi, some 25 miles north of the Demilitarized Zone in North
Vietnam. Anti-aircraft resistance was heavy in this region.

Both men were declared Missing in Action, and the U.S. believed the enemy
probably knew their fates.





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