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PersonID19590320
NameDerrickson, Thomas Gardner
BranchUSAF
RankColonel
Graduation1959
KIA Date10/12/1967
SquadronCS 08
Home TownLos Altos
Home StateCA
High SchoolMountain View Union HS, Mountain View, CA
High School ActivitiesExplorer Scout, Civil Air Patrol, Football
Post High SchoolUniversity of California, 1954-55, Navy ROTC
Academy ExperiencesSki Club, Soaring Club, Distinguished Graduate
Academic Degree MajorBS-USAFA
Active Duty AssignmentsPilot Training, Pilot, F-100, Pilot, F-105, Aerospace Research Pilot School, Pilot, F-4C, Test Pilot, T-33/F-105/F-100, Pilot, F-4C
KIA ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationAssigned to the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 12 TFW, Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, as an F4C pilot.
Killed In Action MissionCapt. Derrickson and 1st Lt. John K. Hardy were the crew of an F4C on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. They were the lead aircraft in a flight of two. Over Quang Bin 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 the crew were unsuccessful. Both men were declared MIA and the U. S. believed the enemy probably knew their fates.
Next of KinDorothy A. Derrickson, Wife, Lorraine C. Derrickson, Daughter, Mary A. Derrickson, Mother
Burial Site
MIA InformationMIA, 10/12/1967 DED - 12/12/79
Aeronautical Speciality RatingPilot
Notable Decoration AwardsPurple Heart
CommentsPromoted to 0-6 during the time he was missing
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