Thomas served as a Private First Class, 31st Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Hughes County, Oklahoma prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on March 20, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Rosecrans, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
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 March 4, 1948.
Service # 19044361
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
WORLD WAR II
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