Isiah Thomas

Army of the United States
23 October 1945 - 28 August 1968
Washington, Louisiana
Panel 46W Line 054


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Isiah Thomas

11 Nov 2002


by his nephew,
Christopher Young

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade quarterly operations report for August-October 1968 contains the following text which addresses an engagement on 27-28 August:

Early on 27 August A Company, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry was inserted into a wooded area on the Tay Ninh/Hau Nghia Province boundary some 8 kilometers north of Trang Bang city. Alpha 2/506 received a warm welcome and the battalion's remaining three rifle companies were inserted to cordon off the area. The fighting which ensued resulted in 16 US dead and 28 wounded, while at least 105 enemy troops were killed and another 13 were captured. The American dead were

  • A Company:
    • SGT Kenneth D. Combs, Camarillo, CA
    • SGT James R. Harris, Clarksville, AR
    • SGT Charles Soto, New York, NY
    • CPL William F. Flaherty, Kansas City, MO
    • PFC James C. Barbour, Richmond, VA

  • B Company:
    • SSG Thomas R. Lamb, Los Angeles, CA
    • SGT Michael J. Mitchell, San Esteban, CA
    • SP4 Victor M. Plourde, Oakland, ME
    • CPL Isiah Thomas, Washington, LA
    • CPL Robert J. Washington, Indianapolis, IN
    • PFC James J. Criswell, Red Lion, PA
    • PFC Armando S. Navarro, San Antonio, TX
    • PFC James R. Pizzano, Everett, MA
    • PFC Paul M. Stockwell, Corder, MO
    • PFC Thomas V. Williams, Lakin, KS

  • D Company:
    • PFC Frank H. Johns, Baltimore, MD
One of the wounded, SP4 Michael J. Rowcroft of Roosevelt, NY, died on 25 Sep 1990, 22 years afterwards, from the effects of his wounds. SP4 Rowcraft had been a medic assigned to HQ Company; it isn't known which rifle company he was with when wounded. His name was added to The Wall in May 1993.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Nov 2002
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