Thomas Sanford Goen

7 March 1939 - 23 October 1967

Killed in a helicopter crash at sea on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin

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1966 Cruisebook photo

Awarded the Silver Star Medal for the rescue of Neal E. Holben, USN - 5 July 1966

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AX1 Goen (right) receives his Silver Star Medal
Union Tribune's article detailing Tom's heroism
Read more about the rescue efforts as described in "Leave No Man Behind - the Saga of Combat Search and Rescue" by George Galdorisi and Tom Phillips. This excerpt used with the gracious permission of the authors. The book can be ordered from and many other book sellers.
Tom's memorial tombstone is located in the Goen family cemetery, Palo Pinto County, west of Fort Worth, Texas

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Visit Tom's page on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Virtual Wall

Updated: 03/05/2013