35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  SSG David Carl Thomas    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Charlie Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SSG David Carl Thomas, who died in the service of his country on April 3rd, 1968 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death David was 24 years of age. He was from Muncie, Indiana. David is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 47E, Line 57.

The decorations earned by SSG David Carl Thomas include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Sgt Thomas you was my platoon Sergeant in "C" company 2nd Bn 35th Infantry 4th Inf. Div. I have always remembered how brave you were to try and retrieve Edward Day and "Arizona" Philip Konigsfeld. Your life was taken from us on the 3rd day in April 1968 on Hill 1062. Your bravery and courage were exemplary that day In trying to retrieve their bodies when your life was taken from us. I will never forget you my Cacti Brother.
Posted by: Ken Smith