Thomas William Knuckey

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
02 June 1945 - 27 May 1971
Wharton, New Jersey
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Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas William Knuckey

05 Jan 2000


by a friend,
Roger "Bear" Young

Visit my
"Silver Spurs" Memorial

26 Sep 2005

Tom, you are not forgotten, even after all these years!!

I remember the great fraternity parties we had at the House in Brookline, Massachussetts; the time spent at our "table" in the Cafeteria.

Even when you were pledging, I could see that you had that certain "something" that makes a great leader. You always seemed to be dressed in your ROTC uniform. You were so proud of it and you were so determined to become a US Army Helicopter Pilot.

You make us all proud that we were your friends and fraternity brothers. You gave your life for something that you truly believed in. And that is something to admire for all eternity.

God Bless You!!

From a fellow veteran and fraternity brother
Phil Pruchansky
US Navy 1968-1972
AEPi Fraternity, Northeastern University

08 May 2006

After these many years, you are still on my mind. The last time I saw you, you were my best man when I married Lois some 40 years ago. We missed seeing you by hours when you went back to base early. Days come and go but memories last forever. You were my true and best friend, and you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace and God Bless you and those who sacrificed their lives in service to our country.

From a friend,
Bob Hartman
Chetek, Wisconsin

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 27 May 1971 1Lt Thomas W. Knuckey, pilot, and SGT Philip C. Taylor, observer, were flying OH-58A tail number 68-16888 as part of a battle damage assessment (BDA) flight operating about 8 miles southeast of the city of Snuol, Kracheh Province, Cambodia, where air strikes had attempted to destroy an enemy machine gun position. Knuckey's aircraft was hit by enemy fire as he passed over the target, exploded in flight, crashed, exploded a second time, then burned. Witnesses reported it as an unsurvivable crash. Heavy enemy activity in the area made a ground search impossible. Knuckey and Taylor were listed as killed, bodies not recovered.

The crash site was excavated in the early 1990s and on 26 Feb 1993 recovered human remains were repatriated. The Defense Department announced on 02 August 1993 that the remains of both men had been positively identified. They were buried together in Arlington Cemetery.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a buddy,
Roger Young
05 Jan 2000

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