John Charles Thomas Jr.
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John Charles Thomas Jr. of Midway died 17 Nov., 2016, surrounded by the love of God, family and friends.
Georgia Hospice of Jesup attending during his transition.
John joined the U.S. Army on his 17th birthday and by age 19 was flying the skies of Vietnam as a dustoff crew chief, evacuating and providing immediate medical care to more than 2,000 wounded or injured soldiers from the battlefield. He received awards and decorations for valor in the face of the enemy.
Compassion for assisting those in need during those teen years defined the remainder of his life; always caring, always giving of himself to those in need.
He is survived by his wife, Diem; son, Bud; daughter, Christina; granddaughter, Christinena, and siblings, JoAnn, Leslie and Donna Lee.
Memorials have been suggested to Manna House in Hinesville.
Dorchester Funeral Home is assisting in seeing that his remains are spread in his beloved Susquehanna River.

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2016.
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December 4, 2016
To The Thomas Family,

Mike and I were deeply saddened by the news of John's passing. We send our heart felt condolences to your family. Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy.

What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us. May our dear and loving friend rest in peace.
Mike & Doreen Lynch
November 28, 2016
May your family find comfort in knowing that your love one has gone on to his reward. Rest Solider for it is well earned and thank you for serving.
Shelia Welsh
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