I was by then a senior in high school and had become an ardent anti-war activist when Tom's plane was shot down near the end of the war. I was saddened by the senselessness of his death so near to the end. I was aware that Ann was challenging the identification of his body, but as I entered college and eventually married, my contacts with the family diminished.
I am now an English teacher and one of my students was doing a research paper on the role of the Air Force in Vietnam. I began assisting him, and stumbled upon the information about Tom during our search. I was unaware of the information which had been released through the Freedom of Information Act.
Now, as we deal with a war which reminds me, sadly, of Vietnam, I am proud to wear Tom's memorial bracelet in the hope that his memory will remind me to encourage others that things like this should never happen again.