10/17/70 Fallen Brother RVN

10/17/70 HMC Charles E. Thomas, Ashland, KY - Camp Haskins Danang NMCB 62

Charles Edward Thomas
Chief Hospital Corpsman

Home of Record: Ashland, Kentucky
Date of birth: Monday, 08/08/1927
Service: Navy (Regular)
Grade at loss: E7
Rank: Chief Hospital Corpsman
ID No: 407222179
MOS: HM Hospital Corpsman
LenSvc: Between 22 and 23 years
Start Tour: Not recorded
Cas Date: Saturday, 10/17/1970
Age at Loss: 43
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Camp Haskins Danang, Quang Nam, South Vietnam
Type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
Reason: Other causes - Ground casualty

ON THE WALL Panel 06W Line 006



Charles is buried at:
Golden Gate Nat Cemetery
1300 Sneath Lane
San Bruno, San Mateo County, California 94066
Plot: Q, 32

DCR Report:
…NMCB-62 HMC Charles E. Thomas died at Camp Haskins South.

HMC Charles Edward Thomas, Korean War Veteran, Vietnam War Veteran.

Hospital Corpsman Chief Charles Edward Thomas was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, HMC Thomas served our country until October 17th, 1970 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 43 years old and was married. It was reported that Charles died in the line of duty. His body was recovered. Charles was born on August 8th, 1927 in Ashland, Kentucky. HMC Thomas is on panel 06W, line 006 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 22 years.

Charles Edward Thomas served as a Chief Hospital Corpsman with Naval Construction Battalion 62, 3rd NC Brigade, United States Naval Forces, Vietnam.

He was awarded The National Defense Service Medal with One Device, The Korean Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, The Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal Korea, Republic of Korean War Service Medal.

Rest in Peace, "Chief"

I'm the One Called "Doc…"

I shall not walk in your footsteps,
but I will walk by your side.
I shall not walk in your image,
I've earned my own title of pride.
We've answered the call together,
on sea and foreign land.
When the cry for help was given,
I've been there right at hand.
Whether I am on the ocean
or in the jungle wearing greens,
Giving aid to my fellow man,
be it Sailors or Marines.
So the next time you see a corpsman
and you think of calling him "squid",
Think of the job he's doing
as those before him did.
And if you ever have to go out there
and you life is on the block,
Look at the one right next to you…
I'm the one called "Doc".

Harry D. Penny, Jr. HMC(AC)USN
Copyright 1975

"Permission to reprint granted
by the author/copyright owner".
Posted by: HMCM John Bruneel,
Retired, Another corpsman.


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