SUMPTER, THOMAS W. Deceased 02/26/95
Name: Thomas W. Sumpter Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force, EWO Unit: 41st TEWS Date of Birth: 23 July 1928 [Nashville] Home City of Record: Nashville TN Date of Loss: 14 January 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 193300 North 1043300 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Missions: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EB66C
Other Personnel in Incident: Pilot, Sonnie Mercer, escaped/evaded/rescued but died from injuries; INST NAV, Pete Pedroli, escaped/evaded/rescued; EWO Thomas Sumpter, returnee; EWO Ronald Lebert, returnee; EWO Hubert Walker, returnee; NAV, Irby Terrell, returnee.
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THOMAS W. SUMPTER Lieutenant Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: January 14, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973
Colonel Sumpter was born July 23, 1928 in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Vanderbilt University, in Nashville prior to entering the Air Force as an aviation cadet in August 1952. Colonel Sumpter was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1954.
While on active duty he obtained his B.S. degree in mathematics from Florida State University and his Master's in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California. He was stationed in Guam, Germany, and England, serving in a number of assignments until his tour of duty to SEA on December 17, 1967. He was assigned to the 41st Tac Elect Warfare Squadron, Takhli AB, Thailand, when on a combat mission over North Vietnam on January 14, 1968, his EB-66C aircraft was struck by hostile fire, forcing him to eject. Colonel Sumpter was subsequently captured and interned.
The Colonel's wife, Betty J. Sumpter, and four children, Carol W., 15, Nancy E., 12, Robert E.,10, and Thomas A., 11, reside at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
Colonel Sumpter says, "If you have wondered why we-hardened, professional soldiers - have gotten off the airplanes at every stop across the Pacific, babbling about faith in our country and shouting "GOD BLESS AMERICA," - the answer is very simple. We mean it! That is how we feel and that is what we believe.
I am proud of America. I am proud of you. I am proud to be one of you.
"And I will say again what I said when I arrived at Sheppard - because it expresses my feelings at this moment as it did then - it's good to be home... and THANK GOD I'M AN AMERICAN!!"
Tom Sumpter is deceased.