Home of Record: Soledad Canyon
Date of Birth: January 1, 1930
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Wm. S. Hart High
Service: Army of the United States
ID No: 19338271
Length of Service:
Unit: 8036th Signal Service Company
Incident Date: August 11, 1950
Casualty Date: MIA; Lost at Sea or Buried at Sea, August 11, 1950; presumed dead December 31, 1953
Age at Loss: 20
Location: South Korea
Remains: unrecovered; memorialized in Court 8, Courts of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial
Narrative: CPL Thomas was a member of the 8036th Signal Service Company. At age 20, he was listed as Missing In Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 11, 1950. He was officially presumed dead December 31, 1953. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. CPL Thomas was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
CPL Thomas lived with his aunt and uncle, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Martin of Soledad Canyon, and enrolled in Hart High School in 1947. He left school in November 1948 to join the Army. He was stationed in Japan when the Korean War started.