1LT Thomas Farrell “Taz” Eldridge

1LT Thomas Farrell “Taz” Eldridge

Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, USA
Death 29 Dec 1965 (aged 25)
Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam
Burial Rouses Point, Clinton County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 96243420 · View Source
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First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

Thomas Farrell Eldridge was born on 28 November 1940, in Plattsburgh, NY, the son of Charles W. and Margaret L. Eldridge.

On 29 December 1965, First Lieutenant Eldridge was serving with VMA-211 ('Wake Island Avengers'), Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Amphibious Force in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam.

On that day, 1stLt Eldridge's A-4E Skyhawk was hit by .50-caliber fire as he rolled in on enemy positions during a helicopter escort mission. Despite a leg wound, 1stLt Eldridge was able to drop his load of napalm and turn for base. His crippled aircraft crashed 13 miles from Chu Lai, killing 1stLt Eldridge. His body was recovered.

Badges and Medals

Naval Aviator Badge
Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart with Gold Star
Air Medal with Award Numeral 6
Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal


The name Thomas F Eldridge is located on Panel 4E Line 44 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

1stLt Thomas F. Elridge has Honoree Record 245269 at MilitaryHallofHonor.com.

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  • Maintained by: Charles A. Lewis
  • Originally Created by: Denise C
  • Added: 29 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96243420
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Thomas Farrell “Taz” Eldridge (28 Nov 1940–29 Dec 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96243420, citing Maple Hill Cemetery, Rouses Point, Clinton County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Charles A. Lewis (contributor 47162573) .