SGT Thomas Ferrell Allison

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SGT Thomas Ferrell Allison

Birth
Parkland, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Death 22 Feb 2002 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Kent, King County, Washington, USA
Plot (Memorial Only) Section 6, Site 36
Memorial ID 10525501 · View Source
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Army Sgt. Allison was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Allison was killed in a crash of a MH-47E Chinook helicopter off of the Philippine Islands in the Bohol Sea off Negros island. Tom was a bright-eyed kid with a rugged build and a gleaming smile in Buddy and Pat's family photos: Grade-schooler Tommy in a plastic helmet playing war or cutting up at church camp--religion was a passion. He's shown with a sweet girl by his side at Washington High in Tacoma, posing with his muddy Blazer 4x4, and with sisters Debbie and Christine and brother Scott, now an Army sergeant. Tom was a Night Stalker, a skilled, secretive commando force that was seeking to rescue a nurse and an American missionary couple when he died without a trace. Thomas and nine other U.S. servicemen were scouting Muslim rebels on Basilan Island as part of the War on Terrorism. Fishermen saw his helicopter erupt in a fireball and disappear, cause unknown. Three bodies were recovered, none Tommy's. Tommy's parents had only a memorial plaque to stare at as they sat under the green canopy at Tahoma National Cemetery. A few words were said, a 21-gun salute was given, "Taps" was played, and an Army chopper came in low over the rows of American flags lining the military graveyard east of Kent. An honor guard held a flag over an imaginary casket nearby.


  • Maintained by: Rita A Bomher
  • Originally Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 25 Feb 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10525501
  • Beth J. M.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Thomas Ferrell Allison (28 Oct 1979–22 Feb 2002), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10525501, citing Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Rita A Bomher (contributor 47319873) .