The first clue, another picture of Sergeant Thomas at an awards ceremony. Picture taken by Army Veteran, Ray Pineau, sent to me by Loren Salzman.
The second clue came from the sister of an army helicopter door gunner who went Missing In Action when his chopper was shot down during the Vietnam War. Donna Elliott’s brother is honored and remembered through the Facebook page she maintains in his name.
“Jerry W. Elliott
11:28am Apr 13
Wendell – I find a SGT Kenneth Leon Thomas in the National Archives d’base who died on 08/18/68, although it says from disease, these records are not always exact. This SGT Thomas was an African-American with the 199th Lt Inf Bdge. His mother’s name is Juanita E. Thomas, last known address 104 Northeast Shaver St, Portland, OR 97212. Hope this helps. Donna Elliott”