|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1935|
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 1955|
Thomas was the son of Francis and Mary Loaney Gravel.
PFC Thomas M. Gravel was killed when a transport type aircraft, C-47A #43-15594 crashed on Sitkinak Island, Alaska, 29 June 1955, while on a flight out of Kodiak Naval Air Station, Alaska, to drop fuel supplies at the government/military outpost located on the island. He was one of seven military personnel on board. The plane was circling to pinpoint the supply drop location when it experienced a downdraft from the nearby ridge of mountains, and the aircraft did not have sufficient speed to maintain altitude.
Ten men in total gave their lives that day, seven military and three civilians.
The military men were:
Capt. Sumner M. Alpert,
Second Lt. Tullie Warren Moore,
PFC Thomas M. Gravel,
A/2C Harold D. Bohm,
SFC John Murl Claxton,
A/1C George William Hart, and
Cpl Richard Langdon.
The civilians were employees of Western Electric Company:
Louis Julius Houck,
Kurt Alfred Hentschke, Sr., and
John Joseph Dupre.
NOTE: Thank you to everyone who has helped me locate all these men especially B24CoPilotNiece for supplying much of this information and for helping me in my research. Visit her contributor page for other military information.
Francis E. Gravel (1901 - 1972)
Mary D. Loaney Gravel (1909 - 2004)
PFC, US ARMY
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Plot: Section C-14, Site 10509
Maintained by: glenda (contributor #473...
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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