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Thomas Eugene Champagne

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  12/7/49
Birth Place:  Middlebury, VT
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Robert Champagne
Mother's Name:  Olive G. (unknown) Champagne
Sibling Names:   
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  PVT Candace L. (McPhfe) Champagne
Offspring Names:   
School Attended:  Elias Brookings School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/11/57
School Attended:  Armory Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  12/6/57
School Attended:  Carew Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/58
School Attended:  Brightwood School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 12/14/59  
School Attended:  Chestnut Street Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/4/63
School Attended:  Trade High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/7/66
High School Diploma:  No
Selective Service Data:
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Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  4/22/67
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Regular
Rank:  Specialist Four
Rank Abbrev:  SP4
Pay Grade:  E4
MOS:  67N2F
MOS Title:  UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
MOS Background:  Established May 65 as UH-1 Helicopter Repairer.  MOS still in use today. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level. 5th char of F = flight status, normally the crew chief/left door gunner on UH-1 "Huey" helicopter.
Awards Received:  Bronze Star Medal; Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation 
Badges Earned:  Aircraft Crewman Badge; Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
Length Of Service:  2 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  7/19/69
Major Command:  1st Aviation Brigade
Sub Command 1:  17th Aviation Group
Sub Command 2:  52nd Aviation Battalion (Combat)
Sub Command 3:  189th Assault Helicopter Company
Base Location:  Camp Holloway, Pleiku, South Vietnam
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  UH-1H Helicopter
Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  67-17316
Army Campaign Number:  11th
Army Campaign Name:  Summer - Fall 1969
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  9/14/69
Casualty Time:  1230
Co-Casualties:  KIA: WO1 Larry G. Marsh; WO1 Gary R. Mason; SP5 Gale S. Pritchard
Casualty Age:  19
Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Crewman
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
Casualty Province:  Pleiku Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  AR 486 764
Located In Or Near:  between II Corps HQ and Camp Holloway, Pleiku
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  St. Mary's Cemetery, Newport, VT
Burial Date:  9/29/69
Consigned Funeral Home:  Rushford Funeral Home, Newport, VT
Escort Name:  SSG William J. Franks, USA
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  39th
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  18W
                                                  Line Number:  81

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