Thomas Stokes Powell

Army of the United States
17 September 1942 - 19 April 1972
Athens, Texas
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Army Aviator

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

The database page for Thomas Stokes Powell

12 Nov 2001

I never had the pleasure to know Thomas but have been close to his family for many years. When I moved to Athens, Thomas was one of the names I first heard about. Because he and I share the same birthday I have always thought of him. I made a trip to Washington and got a rubbing of his name. I still think of him and regret that I didn't know him. It's a bit strange how one becomes attached to a name on a Wall. I know that Thomas was and is a hero to this small East Texas town and I know how proud his family is of him. I hope someday to meet him and visit with him. Until that day, all I have is a name on a Wall.

From a friend of his family,
Robert Hoover

22 Jul 2006

Tom Powell was my "cube mate" during the months we went through Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was a graduate of USAAMOCS class 11-67 in March 1967, and later trained as a helicopter pilot. During the time I knew him, he impressed me with his belief in God, his integrity and his devotion to duty. He was a good man and soldier. He paid the ultimate price for our freedom, and I am grateful for his service, and sad that he was called to sacrifice.

Patrick Stephens

A Note from The Virtual Wall

When the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry was preparing to depart Vietnam in April 1972, the assets of C Troop 7/17 were used to form an air cavalry troop - H Troop, 10th Cavalry.

The new unit suffered its first losses on 19 Apr 1972 when two men were killed when their OH-6A helicopter (tail number 67-16499) was shot down while on a recon mission southwest of Pleiku: CPT Thomas Stokes Powell, pilot, and SP4 Paul John Pesce, observer.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Nov 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009