SGT Thomas served in the US Army Air Corps, 13th Troop Carrier Squadron from 20-AUG 1943 to 31-MAR 1946.  He was an air crew member assigned to the 13th Troop Carrier Squadron.  He joined. the unit 7-APR 1945 at Biak and left 22-SEP 1945 at Leyte.  John was a crew member, aerial engineer on a C-47 in World War II.  His squadron was known as the Thirsty 13th.  The squadron earned 2 Presidential Unit Citations and 7 Battle Stars.  

Editor note:  John is wearing corporal stripes (Left).  He later attained the rank of sergeant.  

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