Thomas Edward NicholsCaptain
ADVISORY TEAM 95, MACV ADVISORS
Army of the United States
01 April 1938 - 01 February 1969
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The database page for Thomas Edward Nichols
I have to thank you for your service, not only to our great country but for your kindness to my Father, SSgt. Malcolm Pierce Libbey , as you were his contact Officer on that fateful day of 10/12/67. In my journey to discover more about my father, I was dealt a devastating blow to find out that your life was also ended so abruptly. Thank You, my fellow American. You made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. God Bless and Keep You.
Tom attended schools in Odessa, Texas. He had his home of record in Amarillo, Texas. He is remembered by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located at the Midland, Texas International Airport.
From a Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial Representative,
04 Nov 2005
From research, I found the article in the Odessa American Newspaper, dated February 4, 1969 announcing Captain Nichols' death. I also found another article, June 2, 1969 in the Odessa American announcing Captain Nichols awards given to his family in a private ceremony held at his parent's home in Odessa. In a recap, Captain Nichols was born in Abilene, Texas, lived his early years in Coleman, Texas, graduated in 1956 and then moved with his family to Odessa where he attended Odessa Collge and then the University of Texas at Austin. At UT he joined the Texas National Guard, attended OCS, and was commissioned as an infantry officer, TXNG. He was a full time National Guard Officer. He was the executive officer of the Odessa National Guard unit and then transferred to Amarillo where he commanded the unit there. He transferred to the Regular Army in 1966 from Amarillo as an infantry officer. He was married to Benita and had three step daughters and a daughter.
He completed his first tour in Vietnam in September 1968 as a member of MACV Team 86. While with Team 86, he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for actions 12 October 1968. He extended his tour and then was assigned to MACV Team 95. He perished in a helicopter mishap in early February 1969 and is buried at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.
From a PBVVM Representative,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 01 Feb 1969 the 190th Assault Helicopter Company was tasked with providing airlift in support of a MAC-V Advisory Team. The aircraft, UH-1D tail number 66-00845, flown by pilot 2Lt M. S. Cheney and copilot WO J. D. Barnes, departed base at about 1300. It proceeded to the HQ III Corps helipad, thence to Bien Hoa, and thence to the 3rd ARVN Engineer Battalion helipad at Hoc Mon, landing at about 1340 with three passengers aboard. Four additional passengers boarded the helicopter at Hoc Mon.
With 2Lt Cheney at the controls, the UH-1 lifted off into a hover, and then commenced forward flight into a southerly wind. After about 130 feet of travel the Huey's main rotor blade struck a flagpole, ripping the transmission from the aircraft. The fuselage continued forward and impacted the ground in a nose-low attitude.
Of the eleven men aboard, five died and four others were injured in the crash. The dead included
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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