USAF Security Police

Tommy R Nealis

United States Air Force
23 April 1953 - 13 May 1975
Mount Sterling, KY
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Bronze Star, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals

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Sergeant Tommy Nealis, assigned to the 56th Security Police Squadron, Nakon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, was one of 17 Air Force Security Policemen assigned to provide assistance during the SS Mayaguez incident in 1975.

The Security Police were to be flown from Nakon Thanom AB to Utapao AB, both in Thailand, aboard a CH-53 helicopter (hull number 68-1033) belonging to the 21st Special Operations Squadron. However, the helicopter crashed approximately 330 miles NE of Bangkok on the Thai-Laotion border, and all aboard were killed.

SGT Tommy Nealis and other USAF Security Policement who have died in the line of duty are remembered by their comrades at

A memorial from his sister,
Darlene Nealis Yeary 
23 Feb 2001

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With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)