Thomas P. “Tom” Pardue

Tom is a native Texan who served in the US Army as an Enlisted Man and an Officer. Of the year he served in Vietnam, his first 6 months were with the 588th Combat Engineers followed by 6 months with the 69th Construction Engineers in the Mekong Delta…


They always came!
No matter how remote!
No matter how dangerous!
If an American was down, they came!
I never grasped the distinction between Medevac and Dustoff.
I just know they never let us down.
I’m eternally grateful to those pilots and crews.

This poem inspired the response, “Always They Came” ©Copyright December 2006 by Thurman P. Woodfork