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Thomas Charles Parker

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Enlisted in May 1964, attended BCT at Fort Jackson, SC and AIT at Fort Gordon, GA. In September 1964 received a direct commission to 2LT in the Medical Service Corps and assigned to Fort Sam Houston, TX for Officer Basic Training. Assigned to U. S. Modern Pentathlon Training Center as an athlete in training for Modern Pentathlon upon completion of Officer Basic Training. In March 1966 assigned to U. S Army Rotary Wing Aviator Training at Fort Wolters, TX then to Fort Rucker, AL for UH-1 transition. Assigned to Vietnam in November 1966 to 170th Assault Helicopter Company in Pleiku. In March 1967 volunteered for transfer to medical helicopter and assigned to 2nd Platoon, 498 Medical Company (Air Ambulance) in Pleiku. Completed tour in November 1967 and assigned to 421 Medical Company (Air Ambulance) in Nellingen, Germany. Later commanded an ambulance company with the 3rd Infantry Division in Aschaffenburg, Germany. In July 1970 reassigned to Vietnam with 498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) in An Son at Lane Army Heliport. Subsequent reassignment as Commanding Officer of the 283rd Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. Later moved the detachment to Long Binh as partial replacement for the 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), which was rotating to CONUS. Upon completion of second tour in Vietnam reassigned to Fort Sam Houston, TX to attend the Officers Advance Course at the Academy of Health Sciences. After completion of the course was assigned as the Administrative Officer of the Television Division of the Academy of Health Science, which was my final assignment on active duty. In May 1976 was promoted to the rank of Major and ultimately resigned my commission to return to civilian status in July 1976.

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