Thomas Steve "Red" Vandevender
SP-5 Thomas Vandevender served in the 281st AHC as a Wolfpack Crew Chief in 1969-70. Red, as he was fondly nicknamed, was highly respected by his fellow Intruders and shall be remembered by them. Red’s obituary follows:
"Thomas Steve Vandevender September 26, 1946—July 9, 2007, MAUK, GA. Thomas Steve Vandevender, 60 passed away Monday, July 9, 2007, at his residence. Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. Mr. Vandevender was born on September 26, 1946, in Yazoo City, Mississippi, son the late Dolphus Vandevender and Ophelia Sessums. He served our country in the Army during the Vietnam conflict with the 281st Assault Helicopter Company as a member of the armed helicopter platoon and was a member of the VFW Post 5797. He was a Construction Superintendent at Holley Construction in Columbus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy Vandevender. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Sokolowski Vandevender of Mauk, GA; a daughter, Teri Mitchell and spouse Cornelius of Salem, AL. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends."