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Forward Operating Base Carpenter, near Salman Pak, Iraq, honored Specialist Four (SP4) Thomas Carpenter, Jr., U.S. Army, who was killed in a sapper attack on his base at Kontum, Vietnam, on January 10, 1968.[1] His name is engraved on Panel 34E, Row 15 of the Vietnam War Memorial. FOB Carpenter was named by Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, out of Fort Hood, Texas, when they established the base in 2003.[2] SP4 Carpenter was a flight mechanic with the 615th Transportation Company Detachment attached to the 57th Aviation Assault Helicopter Company[3] at Kontum.[4][5] Born December 12, 1946, he was a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[6] He was one of 7,257 casualties among over 300,000 African-Americans who served in the war.[7]

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  1. Webpage of the "57th Assault Helicopter Company Gladiators, Cougars in Vietnam": Gladiator 1968 History,, and Memorial,
  2. Personal communication, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 5 Jul 2006. Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, replaced the 1-10 CAV at FOB Carpenter ca. 2006, and renamed the base FOB Wyatt in honor of PFC Stephen E. Wyatt, a member of Charlie Battery who was killed in action in Iraq on October 13, 2003 --
  3. Webpage of the "57th Assault Helicopter Company Gladiators, Cougars in Vietnam",, retrieved 21 July 2009
  4. Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association: Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) and Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association (VHCMA) Killed in Action (KIA) on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 34E,, 05/21/09.
  5. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: The Virtual Wall ,, retrieved 28 May 2009.
  6. Vietnam War, Deceased Casualties, 1965-1972, online database,
  7. James E. Westheider: The Vietnam War, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 2007, pp. 71, 141-142.

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