THOMAS, JONATHON E. JR
THOMAS, JONATHON E. JR
Rank / Branch:
FIRST SERGEANT, U.S. ARMY
101ST AIRBORNE DIVIS
Date of Birth:
NON HOSTILE-HEART ATTACK
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JONATHON E. THOMAS, JR, FIRST SERGEANT, U.S. ARMY, PECOS, REEVES COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star, Army Commendation's Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 3 clasps, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal for Germany, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Jonathon E. Thomas, Jr was born in Naples, Texas. He had a younger sister. His parents moved to Pecos, Texas where he attended school for a short period of time. He enlisted in the Army and entered on December 22, 1948 one day after he turned 17. He was career military having served with the U.S. Army 17 years as an artilleryman.
He completed basic training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and air defense artillery training at Fort Bliss, Texas and was then was assigned to a Mobil Air Defense Unit at Fort Bliss. He remained at Fort Bliss with one TDY to the South Pacifice for two months 1/2 months in 1951 and returned to Fort Bliss. He re enlisted on 22 December 1953 for service in Bremerhaven, Germany. In November 1954, he was reassigned to Pusan, Korea where he remained until 26 February 1956 when he departed for service with the 25th Infantry Division at Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii. While serving with the 25th, he attended and graduated from the 25th Infantry NCO Academy and was promoted to Sergeant. He remained in Hawaii until July of 1960 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. He returned to Fort Bliss and then was assigned to Okinawa from November 1961 until returning to Korea in January 1965 when he was promoted to Sergeant First Class.
He had started his tour in Vietnam on August 8, 1966 with a promotion to First Sergeant and he was serving with a 155 field artillery battery with A Battery, 27th Artillery; 101st Airborne Division. He suffered a heart attack and died on January 23, 1967.
He was buried with military honors in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Naples, Texas. He was awarded a posthumous Bronze Star for meritorious service. He was survived by his parents and his younger sister.
Spring Hill Cemetery, Naples, Texas