US Army SPC - 4 Tommy Joe Belcher Memorial Bridge
Specialist Fourth Class Tommy Joe Belcher was born on September 12, 1939, in Logan, West Virginia. They moved to Columbus, OH, in the late 1950s to find better opportunities to provide for the family. He was drafted in 1963 and spent two years serving for his country.
SP4/E4 Belcher was an ARMY Transportation Supply and Parts Specialist assigned to the 140th Trans Det, 117th AHC, 52nd Aviation Battalion, US ARMY SPT CMD Vietnam when he and 21 fellow soldiers died from the result of hostile action when their Quarters at Viet Cuong Hotel exploded from a suicide-squad attack in Qui Nhon Vietnam where 21 comrades also perished. He finished his tour of duty in Vietnam a child suicide bomber blew up the hotel where he was waiting for his flight home. Tommy passed away in Saigon, Vietnam, on February 10 1965. Specialist Fourth Class Tommy Joe Belcher's name is honored on Panel 1E Line 88 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
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