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SERV_NO: O-506698
LNAME: BIESTERVELD
FNAME: THOMAS
MNAME: CLARENCE
SFX:  
RANK_Posthumous: ENS
LOSS_DATE: 4/29/1951
Status per Govt: POW
Should be Status: DIEH
CIRCUMST OF LOSS: Hit by AAA, successful bail out 4 miles E of Hwachon Reservoir, SAR effort negative
EVIDENCE_ALIVE:  
EVIDENCE_DEAD: 12/51 Curtiiss-died camp B McRoberts recalled Thom Biesterveld Roger White -taken fron village to hosp McElroy- died 07/51 near pyongyang Mercer Smith- died 20 m N of Yanggu 07/51
COMMENT1:  
COMMENT2:  
HOME_CITY: EAU CLAIRE
STATE: WI
BIRTH_DATE: 12/17/1928
NICKNAME:  
RACE:  
HEIGHT:  
WEIGHT:  
HAIR:  
EYES:  
ID_MARKS:  
CASE: A821
KWALD_COMMENT:  
CREW_STATUS: Ens Thomas C. Biesterveld, USN, POW/BNR
SERVICE: USN
DIV_or_GRP: USS Princeton
RGT_or_WNG: VF-193
BN_or_SQ:  
CO_or_BTRY:  
VEHICLE: F4U-4
VEH_ID: 97195
DEATH_DATE: 5/14/1951
REMAINS:  
DOCUMENTS:  
MIA_CAP: 8
LIST_944: X
LIST_450: X
LIST_308:  
LIST_125:  
LIST_71:  
Nielsen_Henderson:  
Johnnie_Johnson:  
Air-Intel:  
AFM_200-25:  
National Guardian:  
Moo_Hak_School:  
Sunchon_Tunnel_M:  
CAUSE_of_Death:  
List_389: X
Peiking_Radio:  
LastKnownAlive_DT:  
WITH: VF-193
INCident_AREA: E End Hwachen Reserv
CAMP:  
KT_interrogations:  
RAND:  
UTM_Coord: DT1723
KWALD: 1936
GRAVE:  
Birth_YR: 1928
Op_Glory:  
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