Thomas served as a Technical Sergeant, Battery B, 200th Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft), Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Bernalillo County, New Mexico & was a member of the New Mexico National Guard prior to the war.
His National Guard unit was called into full time active Army service on January 6, 1941, prior to the war, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was noted, at that time, as being employed as a Clerk and also as Married.
Thomas became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was repatriated here on October 26, 1949.
Service # 20842942
At the families request, the state of Illinois was added to his headstone instead of his state of residence, as was normally done, (New Mexico).
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
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