Thomas James Chiminello

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
16 November 1942 - 29 October 1967
San Antonio, TX
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UH-1 Huey

Army Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas James Chiminello

25 Aug 2002

Tom, After 35 years I still miss you every day.
As my best friend during high school you remain always in my thoughts and prayers.

Barry Holland
Colonel, US Army
9226 Craig Ave, Alexandria, Va 22309

The Mission

On 29 October 1967, a UH-1D (tail number 65-10123) of the 57th Medical Detachment launched on a night MEDEVAC mission. The weather was marginal with scattered thunderstorms, low ceilings, low visibility, and turbulence. While en route the pick-up point, the aircraft crashed near Nui Ba Den. Four crewmen died in the accident:
  • 1LT Thomas James Chiminello, aircraft commander
  • WO1 Forrest De Vere Rains Jr, copilot
  • SP5 Lawrence Lano, crew chief
  • SP5 Herbert C Donaldson Jr, medic

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend and comrade in arms,
Francis B Holland
9226 Craig Ave, Alexandria, Va 22309 
25 Aug 2002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/25/2002