Name: Thomas Evan Douglas
Rank/Branch: E4/US Marine Corps
Unit: HMM 362, MAG 36
Date of Birth: 08 November 1938
Home City of Record: Northwest Warren OH
Date of Loss: 22 November 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 151605N 1085022E (BT720060)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D
Refno: 0195
Other Personnel In Incident: Richard A. Miller; Victor J. Pirker; Francis E.
Visconti (all missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated
by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2003.
SYNOPSIS: On November 22, 1965, Capt. Francis E. Visconti was the pilot of a
UH34D helicopter flying with other aircraft on a combat mission in South
Vietnam. Bad weather forced Visconti's aircraft out to sea about halfway
between Chu Lai and Quang Ngai, and he was separated from the rest of the
Also onboard the aircraft were Capt. Richard A. Miller, Cpl. Thomas E.
Douglas, and Cpl. Victor J. Pirker, all from the same unit. The helicopter
went down and all four Marines were classified Missing in Action. The
casualty is listed as battle related, which means the aircraft was probably
hit by enemy fire. The U.S. believes that the Vietnamese could account for
the four men.
There has been no word of any of the crew of that ill-fated chopper since
that day. The Vietnamese have denied any knowledge of them.
Evidence mounts that Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. There have
been hundreds of eye-witnesses who have said they personally saw them. It is
not known whether any of the crew of the UH34 helicopter survived and are
among those said to be alive and still held prisoner, but someone's brother,
son, husband, or father is alive. We owe them our very best effort to bring
them home.
Richard A. Miller and Francis E. Visconti were promoted to the rank of
Major, Thomas E. Douglas to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period
they were maintained missing.
Subj:POW / MIAs
Date:4/20/2003 2:49:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Hello, I'm the daughter of Thomas E. Douglas. The name on your MIA / POW
braclet. I just wanted to tell you how touched I am to find out there are
still people wearing a braclet with my dads name on it. Our goverment wants
to forget about all these men how they are still unaccounted for, but people
like you refuse to forget. And its awsome to find out that you are only
about 1 hour from me. When my family took our vac. last summer we stopped in
washington, so my kids could see the WALL. And at one of the little stands ,
I was looking through all the braclets that they had, and to my surprise, I
found one with my dads name on it. It was the only braclet they had from
Ohio. Was that not a blessing from GOD ??? I started to cry my eyes out
standing there , the man working took the braclet out of the little bag and
handed it to me. He said that was the least he could do. I put it on and
vowed never to take it off, until my dad comes home where he belongs. This
is so very hard for me, beacuse I feel that the USG took such a very
important part of my life away from me. I was only 1 year old when my dad
left, so I dont really know him , but bottom line, hes my DAD , and I love
him so very much. I will never give up hope. It may not be in this life but
1 day I will be with him , and then no one will ever take him away again. So
I just want to say from the very bottom of my heart , THANK YOU again for
not forgetting the "forgotten." My love goes out to you. If you would like
to e-mail me some time , my e-mail address is And my name
is Deanna. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.