Elmer Wayne ThomasCorporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 46TH INF RGT, 198 INF BDE
Army of the United States
08 January 1945 - 25 May 1968
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The database page for Elmer Wayne Thomas
Wayne was from Odessa, Texas, an oilfield city in West Texas near the New Mexico State Line. He was drafted into the Army, but served with distinction. He is remembered by his community and on the
Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial
located at Midland International Airport, Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.
21 Dec 2005
Wayne is buried in Odessa, Texas at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Wayne attended Odessa High School, last attending in the spring of 1962. He worked in the oilfields before being drafted.
He and four other soldiers were at a listening post in a night defensive position (NDP) when Wayne was shot by a sniper. His parents had reported that in Wayne's letters, he had talked of the Paris Peace Talks.
From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009