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Thomas Beyer

March 10, 1941 - November 22, 2010


12:30-1:30 P.M. Saturday, December 18th in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

1:30 P.M. Saturday, December 18th in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Thomas Beyer

March 10, 1941 - November 22, 2010


Thomas (Tom) Beyer died July 30, 1968 in Viet Nam and has been missing until his remains were found and identified in 2010.

Thomas (Tom) Beyer was born to Charles (Chuck) and Sylpha Beyer in Fargo on March 10, 1941. He grew up here, attended school in Fargo, and graduated from Shanley High School in Fargo. Tom then attended NDSU from which he received his bachelors degree. While at NDSU he served in the ROTC program, received training as a pilot, and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. Thomas Beyer and Karen Sexhus were married in Fargo on February 1, 1963. Their daughter, Sandra was born in 1964 and their son, Steven, was born in 1966. Tom completed his pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Enid Oklahoma. He flew B 52s out of Loring Air Force Base, Maine before being transferred to Chu Lai, Viet Nam. Tom was an O2 forward air controller and was shot down in Viet Nam on July 30, 1968.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, Fargo; his daughter, Sandra (Kyle) Meyer, Hillsboro, ND; his son, Steven (Kullen) Beyer, Brooklyn Park, MN; Sandra and Kyle’s children, Katrina, Rachel, and Thomas Kyle; Steven and Kullen’s children, Thomas John and  Emelia; and sister, Elizabeth (Tony) Schoemehl, Moraga, CA.  Tom’s  parents and his brother, Merle both passed away without knowing his fate. He was preceded by his son, John Sanford.

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89 responses to “Thomas Beyer”

  1. BG (Ret) Danny Hill says:

    Monroe NCI want to extend my personal condolences to the family and friends of Thomas. I wore his MIA braclet for many years and have prayed for him often through my 41 year military career. It is good to know he is finally home. My kindest regards. Danny

  2. April Davis says:

    Friendship TNMy thoughts and prayers to your family, Capt. Beyer. I wore your POW/MIA bracelet proudly for years. Now, thanks to the internet I have found out who you were, what you did for our country and about the family who waited so long for news. God Bless You. Welcome home.

  3. Joe Sipala USAF 68-72 says:

    North CarolinaWelcome home, brother.

  4. Bill Findley says:

    Springfield MissouriI am so glad Tom is finally home with his family. I did not know Tom well, but his ROTC involvement was always a motivator for me. I am proud to have known Tom, and Karen, I trust your heart now will be at peace. Hi to Libby too. God bless you, one and all.

    Personal regards,

    Bill Findley (Phi Alpha!)

  5. JOHN DOUBT says:

    ….. Good To Have You Home Sir. ….

  6. Colonel Zot Barazzotto says:

    Dayton OHA welcome home and a slow hand salute
    to Major Beyer..May the family be comforted by the arms of God


    Covey 250 / 20 TASS
    DaNang Mar ’70 – Mar ’71

  7. Albert H. Bass says:

    Foristell MissouriI never had the pleasure of knowing Capt. Beyer, but served with the same unit in Vietnam in 1970. Would like to extend my condolences to the family for their loss, but also celebrate the closure afforded by finally bringing his remains home. GOD BLESS HIM, AND NOW AT LAST HE CAN REST IN PEACE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Thanks again and I will keep the family in my prayers.

    Al Bass, Jake 20, TamKy RVN. 1970

  8. Chuck Johnson says:

    I flew the Kham Duc airspace as Tom did. It was not a nice place. Slow hand salute to a fellow FAC.

  9. Edward Kalkbrenner says:

    Sierra Vista ArizonaFellow FAC, same time (“Covey 288”)
    He reached out and touched the face of God.

    Salute to Tom, and a nickel is on the grass in tribute.

  10. William B. Allendorph, Captain US Army Ret. says:

    Wynantskill NYGod Bless this young hero, America’s best.

  11. Lendy Edwards says:

    Shalimar FloridaWelcome home brother FAC. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. Rest in Peace.

    Slow hand salute to a fallen brother.

    Lendy Edwards
    Lt Col (Ret), USAF
    Rustic 20/Nail 21

  12. Terry English says:

    Florence AlabamaA slow hand salute to a fallen brother.
    May the good Lord bless and comfort the Beyer family now, and forever more.

  13. Chuck Hines says:

    Fairview Heights ILGlad to hear you’re back home now. You were missed. Check six.

    Chuck. Covey 23, Raven 20. 1970-73

  14. Fred Lamparter says:

    Murrells Inlet SCAlthough I didn’t know Tom Beyer, I, too, was a Forward Air Controller flying O-2s for the 20th TASS in Vietnam (in 1967), so I know the challenges he faced. My heart goes out to Karen and Tom’s children I am grateful that, at least, your loved one has finally returned home. I hope and believe that your pride in him is boundless.

    Fargo contributed more than its share to the Vietnam War: my roommate in pilot training at Vance AFB, OK in 1963-64 was Jon Greenley. Jon was shot down and killed in a C-130 going into Pleiku in 1966 AMVETS Post 7 in Fargo is named after him. Even now, I can see his face quite clearly in my mind.

    In my heart, I will be attending Tom’s service, along with you all.

  15. Pratt Ashworth says:

    Scottsdale ArizonaHand Salute to a fellow warrior.
    Our prayers with your family.

    Vietnam FAC 1968-69

  16. Michael J. Connors says:

    Arlington VAWe are proud of Tom’s service, respectful of his sacrifice, and happy to have him returned home to his family.

    Mike Connors
    Forward Air Controller Association.
    veteran of B-52’s in SAC and O-2s in the 20th TASS at Chu Lai, Vietnam.

  17. LT COL James Freebairn USAF Retd says:

    Fort Lauderdale FLWelcome home brother from RASH32
    Quang Tri 1968

  18. Gary Willis says:

    Manvel TXWelcome Home, from a fellow FAC.

  19. Art Elser says:

    Denver COI was a FAC at Quang Ngai, 25 miles south of Chu Lai, from March to August 1968. Thank you and your family for your terrible sacrifice. Farewell, Brother.

  20. Robert B. Green says:

    King George VA”Keeping the Promise”

    Dear Karen, and Family,
    Many years have passed since we lost our brother Thomas during the South East Asia war. Yes, we call him our brother because we shared the same hardships and burdens during this most difficult period of our life. All who answered our country’s call to arms during this period had no assurance that we would return from this conflict yet, we willingly chose to fulfill our commitment to God and Our Country.

    Captain Beyer, however, went above and beyond the call of duty when he accepted his flying assignment as a Forward Air Controller. Captain Beyer, call sign “Helix 15”, belonged to a special group of elite aviators called FACs (Forward Air Controllers). The FAC mission was one of the most dangerous missions during the entire SEA war, and in Captain Beyer’s Area of the I corps region, it was twice fold as dangerous. Unfortunately little acknowledgment has been awarded to this brave group of Aviators. We ask that you please take comfort knowing that because of Thomas’s undeniable courage, His devotion to duty, and because of His unselfish love for His fellow man, many of our American and Allied troops are alive today.

    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Captain Beyer (Major Beyer) will be remembered by his fellow FAC, always.

    I render a slow hand salute to my lost brother, Major Beyer

    Robert B. Green
    Vice President – The Forward Air Controllers Association


    Crew Chief 19 TASS
    Bien Hoa AB 1966 -67

  21. Ronald G. Oldenburg says:


    RVN 67-68

  22. Dale and Jo Basham says:

    Chandler ArizonaDear Karen and family

    I was sorry that we were unable to make it to the ceremony and burial of Tom. I was so happy that after all these years he has finally returned home.
    I remember Tom during our year at Vance AFB as a very thoughtful and happy person so full of life. Although after our year at Vance we never stayed in contact, we often wondered about you all.

  23. Valerie J. Kolle says:

    Fargo ND
    I rec’d a bracelet for another Vietnam POW-MIA in the ’70’s.:
    “Capt. David P. Mott, 5/19/72, POW-MIA,”
    Shot down in Vietnam half a world away.
    Was he alive?
    Did he survive?
    Embossed on a bracelet for a teenager to pray.

    The name etched into the teen’s thoughts of more
    Questions which continued of a soldier’s fate since the war.
    Newspapers revealed
    Survival through perils afield,
    Also, yielding a Homecoming Celebration … then no more.

    Three decades later, on a Vet’s motorcycle run to an Old Soldier’s Home,
    Unveiling a Replica Memorial Wall sent to roam,
    Accompanied with images and folders
    Containing files unfolding fates of the soldiers,
    Revealing their stories in somber tones.

    An internet search a few years later replayed …
    The name, the story of this soldier in fuller detail displayed,
    A brief retrospect
    To bring honor and respect
    For the brave soldier for whom a teenager had repeatedly and faithfully prayed.

  24. Lynda Schmidt says:

    North Branch MN
    I was very proud to wear Tom’s MIA bracelet for the past few years. I am a 3rd cousin of Tom’s and have never met him. I am Thankful that he has finally returned home to his family. He was never forgotten by distant family. Thank you Tom for your service.

  25. Gregorio H. Reyes says:

    San Jose Ca I salute you Major Beyer and God Bless.

  26. Chuck Wagner says:

    Mi Wuk Village CAI know it was way to long, but at last Thomas Beyer and his family can be at peace. I hope at some point all the MIA can be found and returned to their home and fill that big hole in the hearts of the family.

    Chuck Wagner
    USN 61-66




  28. Judi K (Erickson) says:

    Onalaska WIOnce again, Libby, my dear friend, I grieve with you. Bittersweet moments and many fond memories of you, your family and your brother must be over whelming your heart. You are in my heart and part of my soul, my singing ‘partner’… to have Tom at home is hopefully very healing to you.
    I love you.

    “Going Home, Going Home,
    I am Going Home.
    Quiet Nights, some still days,
    I am going home.
    It’s not far, it’s close by…
    through an open door
    Work all done, cares laid by
    Going to fear no more, no more.
    Mother’s there expecting me,
    Father’s waiting too
    Lots of folks are gathered there…
    All the friends we knew.
    He’s going to see all the friends he knew.”

  29. Joseph H. Wallevand, USArmy, 1SG (Ret) says:

    Christine ND
    My condolences. Welcome home, Brother.

  30. Glen Herman says:

    Cedar Rapids IowaI sent every man his coffin from Naha Okinawa for the entire last year of Vietnam War, witch was 1972. I had orders for RVN twice but was diverted to Okinawa in the end. My heart is always heavy when from the weight that it carrys for my fallen brothers. Your son has so many brothers and he will never be alone.
    Welcome Home Brother.

  31. Nancy Clark says:

    Thank you for your service..May you Rest in Peace in the Arms of God.. Another Star Shines Brighter in the Heavens..

  32. The Sargent Family says:

    Our most sincere condolences to the loved ones left behind–>All will be held in our prayers… God bless!..

  33. Major Elizabeth Scott-Hughes, USA Retired says:

    Dover NJSemper Fi

  34. Rebecca L. Simpson says:

    Washington PennsylvaniaTo the family of US Air Force Major Thomas Beyer I extend my deepest heartfelt sympathy.

    I did not know Major Beyer, but I do know he gave the Ultimate Sacrifice for all of us. He is a True Hero to me. He has had a long journey returning home to his loved ones, may he finally Rest in Peace with our Heavenly Father.

    God Bless all who took of their time to make Major Beyer’s journey home possible and God Bless his family.

  35. Glenda Haakenson Meister says:

    Fergus Falls Mn.Dear Karen Beyers ,daughterSandra ,son S teven,and Tom’s sister Elizabeth,my prayers are with you tomorrow.Sylpha was my cousin,as her Dad John was my ist cousin. Merle worked at our drugstore for one summer in early 60,s.I’m sorry I can’t be there tomorrow.My thoughts are with you all.My sincere Sympathy,Glenda Haakenson Meister

  36. Doug Anderson says:

    Overland Park KansasSteve, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  37. Bruce (Frenchy) Zelinski says:

    Riverside WashingtonThank you very much for what you have done for Tom this coming weekend. We remember him as being very solid in his Catholic Faith. I saw you last when we visited you guys at Loring AFB and went to the Squadron party. I have movies of the visit. We went from fighting all the time in Jr. High to the best of Buds in High School. I can’t be there Saturday…had some really bad things happen here…God Bless you and strenghten you. Thank you, he will probably be doing a fly over of his own Saturday.

  38. Corinne Van Sickle says:

    Lubbock TXKaren,
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as Tom is being brought home to rest at last.

    Corinne and Larry Van Sickle

  39. Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club-Minnesota says:

    On behalf of our members, Vietnam Vets all, we welcome home our fallen brother. May he rest in peace.

  40. Elaine Biggs Chapman says:

    Williston ND
    Mrs Beyer,
    I am a Gamma Phi Beta who had the privilege of being in the Gammie house when you were our house mother. I had some of the best times of my life in that Gammie house and thank you for the time you put in to us girls! I saw on the news last night that your husband has been found and is being returned to you. How peaceful to have him home after all these years. You always spoke very fondly of him. May the Lord bless you and your family at this time.

    Elaine Biggs Chapman

  41. Brad Volk says:

    Minot ND
    Welcome home Captain Thomas Beyer. The long journey home is complete. Your service, and ultimate sacrifice, to your Country has not been, and will not ever be, forgotten. May your family and friends find comfort now that you are home.

  42. florence hauff wiger says:

    Lahaina HII was one of Tom’s classmates from the first grade on he was always one of the nicest people you could meet. Tom was a delightful person with a great sense of humor. I wore one of bracelets with his name for many years – he honored all of us with his service. I also had the privilege of knowing his parents later in my life and we would talk often about how proud they were of him. Our sympathies go out to his family.

    Aloha Tom – you can finally rest from your journey home.

    florence and Galen Wiger

  43. Michael Knight says:

    A welcome home and a slow hand salute
    to Major Beyer…….

  44. Jerry Engstrom says:

    Enderlin North Dakota
    My condolences to Karen and to Tom’s family. I was a fraternity brother of Tom at ND
    SU , as well as his brother Merle. I was also a forward observer assigned to an Infantry unit, so I have a good idea how important his job was over there. My deepest appreciation for what he did and for who he was and I’m sure you are very proud of his service and his sacrifice. I’m unable to attend the services, but I’ll be there in spirit. May you have peace.

  45. George Toriello says:

    Sunland CA”They are not dead that live in the hearts they leave behind.” ~~Tuscarora Indian Proverb~~

    Welcome home Thomas. Blessings to the family and loved ones.

    George Toriello
    Fellow Veteran
    RVN, ’66-’68

  46. Ray Sherron says:

    My name is Ray Sherron and I am a Vietnam veteran and I would like to say to the family that I am so sorry to hear about your loss. But then I am glad that his remains were found so someone in his family will know the truth of what happened to this hero. He is really a hero.

  47. David and Linda Ahlberg says:

    West Fargo ND
    Karen, Sandra and Family, and Steven and Family,

    We echo the many beautiful sentiments and tributes written by those who have signed this guest book. Unfortunately, words alone cannot really express our appreciation for Tom’s sacrifices in the line of duty. That appreciation extends to you, his family, for enduring the long years of not knowing his fate and what that meant in your lives.

    A special memory we have of Tom is that he enjoyed being at the Sexhus home near Leeds. During their stay, he and Karen always included visits to the other relatives in North Prairie. What pleasant and and fun times those were!

    Thank you, Beyer Family, for everything. We love you and may God’s comfort surround you.

  48. Viet Nam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club says:

    Bismarck North Dakota

    Our Brother is finally being brought home, bringing closure for his family and to us, the Vietnam Vets. Our mission has always been the return of all POW-MIA’s. We now wait and pray for the remaining 9 POW-MIA’s from the Vietnam War to be returned home to their loved ones here in North Dakota
    Virg State President of North Dakota

  49. Carolyn "Brunsy" Eman says:

    Port Hueneme CADear Karen,
    May the angels watch over you and your family at this sad time.
    Love, Carolyn

  50. Pam Loose says:

    Fargo ND
    Karen and family,
    I don’t know if you remember me, but I worked with Tom’s wonderful mother, Sylpha back in the early 1970’s at the ND
    SU Soil Science Department. She was so very proud of Tom, and carried herself so well when he went missing in action. I remember the MIA bracelet she wore so proudly, yet the sorrow , concern and yes, even a glimmer of hope in her eyes were so very evident. You may remember she was such a great advocate for George McGovern (she had no time for Nixon). I remember you coming into the office with two of your young children to visit her. I hope you all find comfort in knowing that Tom, Sylpha, Chuck and Merle now are with oujr Lord in Heaven and watching over all of you until the day comes when you will join them in God’s wonderful world! God Bless You All!

  51. Darcy W says:

    Fargo, ND
    I am a complete stranger to you and your family but I had to sign this guest book and just say thank you. Thank you for serving our country and fighting for the freedom that we have today. To the family – thank you for your sacrifice as well. You lost a person that you loved and now he’s back to give him the ceremony of honor and celebration of life that he deserves. God Bless you all.

  52. Debbie Swanson says:

    Grand Forks ND
    Dear Karen and Family,
    Your news is bittersweet. Your husband and father, Tom, is coming home to you finally. I will keep you in my prayers as you remember his life and his legacy.

    Debbie Swanson

  53. aaron stenson says:

    oakes ndmy deepest condolances. at least he is finally home. I served in the usaf-1974-1980, also lost a good friend donny soby in vietnam in july 1969. hopefully they all return soon. my thoughts and prayers are forever with you and your family.

  54. Arlen and Nancy Halverson says:

    McIntosh SD It is because of Heroes like Thomas Beyer and his sacrifice that we can enjoy the Freedoms we have. God Bless the Beyer Family.

  55. Donna DeMars says:

    Lake Park MN
    Dearest Karen, although I did not know Tom. I’m so pleased for you and your family to finally have closure. and to know that he is at peace and not held somewhere. I loved the article in the paper and sent it on to Elaine. God Bless you all, You and yours will remain in our prayers.

  56. Jeff Schuler says:

    Fargo Our thoughts and prayers are with brother Tom’s family.

    The men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon

  57. Karen Bell-Adams says:

    Karen, Sandra and Steven
    I used to babysit for you guys when you lived in Leeds, until we moved away. I remember the pictures of Tom all over the house and the love you all have for him and each other. I have thought of you over the years Karen and wondered if you had ever heard anything and now we know.
    Prayers for all of you

  58. Jerome and Barbara Ahlberg says:

    Fessenden ND
    Karen, Sandra and family, and Steven and family,

    Forty-two years–even now we realize with renewed appreciation Tom’s dedication to the United States of America, and the sacrifice that he made for all of us. We are proud of him and your family.

    We have just returned from a trip to Oahu where we spent a day at Pearl Harbor, as well as a morning at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. It seemed appropriate that we would see “Thomas Beyer” inscribed on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall and know that after all these years, you are experiencing some closure.

    May God’s peace be yours as you travel to Hawaii and in the days to come.

    Love and prayers,
    Jerry and Barb

  59. Nancy Saeger says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Libby and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  60. Dick Schaffan says:

    McIntosh SDOn the date of your loss of Capt. Beyer, I was stationed with the 35th TAC Fighter Wing at Phan Rang, south of DaNang and Cam Rahn Bay. I know the sacrifice of the FACs and their families. God bless you all and Capt. Beyer, and most of all, thank God there are men like Capt. Beyer willing to serve and sacrifice for this great nation.
    May he forever rest in peace at home.

  61. Don Lau says:

    Wenatchee WAI was in the class of 58 at Shanley. My wife and I want to thank Thomas for his service to this great country and we are so glad he is finally home and the family can have complete closure. May you all be surrounded by the hand of God on this special day on the 18th. We will be thinking of you.
    God Bless
    Don and Renae Lau

  62. Jim Sterk says:

    Tulsa OKMay God’s blessings follow Karen, and the family as Tom is put to rest. You have all been in my thoughts often over the years’.

    I got to know and admire Tom even more during the two weeks we had together at Carswell immediatly after our graduationfrom pilot training.

    I still laugh about our lunch time episodes while in Texas. We were at opposite ends of the spectrum in the time required to eat a meal. I was slow, make that very slow, compared to Tom. He became so frustrated, that he wouldn’t order his meal until I had already started mine.

    And there was the Dallas Cowboy’s football game. We thought that ticket’s would be hard to obtain. We were advised to come early, which we did, only to find out that the Cotton Bowl was only about 10% full. Everyone was clumped together to make it look good for TV. We had a great time sitting pretty much alone in the stadium.

  63. Michael V. Miller says:

    Champaign ILI have many fond memories from our Shanley days, football, dances in the Shanley cafeteria, listening to Tom play the piano, comparing hunting stories, and many more good memories. I am ever so thankful that his disappearance is finally been resolved.

  64. Mary & O.L. Bell says:

    Madison WisconsinTom was a great man, husband, pilot and friend. I spent a couple days with him at Korat RTAFB two weeks before he went missing. I will always remember the times we spent studying together in Pilot Training and our fun times on the golf course.
    He has been missed and loved all these years. All our thoughts and wishes are with Karen and family during this time of closure. Hopefully we can make the service.

  65. Roland Gaasch says:

    Dawsonville GADear Karen and Family

    As a classmate in pilot training class 65-C with Tom, as well as a friend, and comrade in arms, I share in your loss. I remember Tom as a great guy with an infectious smile, a great sense of humor, and a fine gentleman. I remember his love of Karen, and the joy of the birth of his daughter. I am saddened at the short life Tom had and for the loss for his family. My wife Diane and I send our sincere condolences at this difficult time. We are pleased Tom has come home. We thank God for the gift of memories and for the gift of Tom.

    God Bless each of you… Roland Gaasch

  66. Tom Alm says:

    Saint Paul MN
    Libby and all Tom’s family – – I remember Tom through the years: St. Mary’s grade school, Shanley high school, ND
    SU, even ROTC. I remember too he served his country honorably. At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington I looked for his name . . . it seemed so improbable he was lost to war. But now he has been found and returned home. I wish him and all of you peace.

    Vietnam Veteran, Shanley Class of 1960.

  67. Patti Pratt says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Dear Karen: Please know I am thinking of you and your children as you say your final “good-bye” to your beloved Tom…God bless you and hold you all in his loving arms….Lovingly, Patti Pratt

  68. Judy Erck says:

    Faribault MN
    Dear Libby, Karen and family,

    May this give you all closure and peace at last. God’s Peace.

  69. Dr Robert (Bob) & Linda (Parsons) Hendrickson says:

    State College PaI wanted to send my condolences to Libby and Karen and your families. I wish I we could be there to participate in the services for Tom. It seems like yesterday when we were students at Shanley and ND
    SU. I remember right after the Vietnam Memorial was finished finding Tom’s name on the wall. I prayed for him then and will keep you all in my prayers as you bring Tom home. Christ’s pease,

  70. Barbara Bentson says:

    Chaska MN
    Dear Karen, Libby and families –

    We have thought of you all so often over the years – and prayed and hoped for this day. Our families (Mike, Greg and Barb Bentson, children of Marty and Chuck) send our deepest expressions of sympathy.

  71. Chad & Kaye Nelsen says:

    Leeds ND
    Karen, Sandra, Steven and families,
    Our thoughts are with you as you prepare to bring your husband and father to his final resting place. He gave the ultimate sacrfice for his country and we are happy that he can return to the country that he so proudly served to rest in peace. We are sure he would be very proud of all of you for the strength and courage you have shown through the years as you have dealt with your loss without having a final closure. May God hold all of you in the palm of his hands as you say your final goodbyes.

    Chad, Kaye & Katelyn Nelsen

  72. Kim Kappes says:

    Moorhead MN
    Dear Beyer Family:
    I didn’t know Tom, but for a very long time I wore his POW bracelet. When I got it, we were supposed to wear it until the POW came home. Though I didn’t wear the bracelet for all these years, I still have it at the top of my jewelry box and I never forgot about Capt. Thomas Beyer. I remember seeing a few things in the newspaper over the years, but had given up hope that I’d ever see that he came home. I was very surprised Thanksgiving morning to see that “my guy” came home. What a wonderful “Thanksgiving.” My best to you and your family.

  73. sharon w (Lepine) says:

    fargo n dakI knew Tom from the halls of Shanley High School when he was an “upper classman”. I welcome you home Tom and thank you for your service and sacrific. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  74. Jan Leonard Olstad says:

    Dear Libby, The Shanley High School, Class of 1960, wraps it’s arms around you and we pray that you, Karen and her children will, finally, experience the peace and closure that has avoided you after so many years of uncertainty. Our hearts are with all of you. Jan Leonard Olstad

  75. Judi K says:

    Onalaskza WILibby and family… my heart understands the bitter-sweet moments of this development. Know that I hold you dear to me, and that I am thinking of you, wishing you all the best possible.

    My Tom’s soul rest in peace, finally at home with those he loved and who love him.

    Love and prayers,

    Judi K (Erickson)

  76. Phil Roesch says:

    Highlands Ranch ColoradoDear Karen & family,
    It seems like yesterday that we walked the halls of ND
    SU creating memories that have slightly faded over the years. But your loss is as vivid as ever to those of us who appreciate the sacrifices that some made. I hope you are well, Karen, and that this time will bring back more happy memories than sad ones.
    May God bless you all.

    “Uncle” Phil Roesch
    SU – TKE

  77. Mike Donahue says:

    Bismarck ND
    I am a 1960 Shanley graduate and a Vietnam Vet. I am so pleased that Tom has come home.

  78. Bob & Jani Olson (Kullen's cousin) says:

    Hayward WisconsinBob and I want to extend our sympathy to the Beyer families. We hope you will find comfort and peace in knowing you will be bringing your loved one home.

  79. Carol Pausch says:

    Wahpeton ND
    My sympathy to you and your family at this trying time. My Uncle Joe Meyer was an MIA in the Korean war—-MIA in 1953 and his remains were found in 2008—we had FULL military rites and is now buried in his hometown of Wahpeton, ND
    . Its a wonderful feeling to have your loved one ‘home’. After all those years, it still feels like yesterday, but we can only be so PROUD for them and THANK them for their sacrifice—–my uncle was found thru DNA from his 2 sisters. Again, I extend my sympathy—its bitter sweet, but you can be at ease knowing he is at his final resting place—-may your loved one R.I.P. His guardian angel has his hands on your shoulders—–

  80. Jennifer Lane Darr says:

    Lindale TexasI never knew Mr. Thomas Beyer but I consider his son Steve a dear and special friend. I know you are so proud, thankful and honored to have your father back home on American soil. I am forever grateful for people like your dad who have given all so that we can live in a free nation. What a tender moment to lay him to rest where he deserves to be. God bless you and your family.

  81. Daniel Roggenbuck says:

    Burke VASir,

    Welcome home brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. Thank you to your family for their sacrifice, as well. Their loss is our nation’s loss.

    Rest in Peace.

    Daniel V. Roggenbuck
    NDSU Army ROTC, USA 1976-80
    FBI Special Agent (Retired)

  82. Audrey Herman says:

    Minnewauklan ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen, Sandra and family, and Steven and family, as you go through this final chapter in your long and difficult journey. You have all been so courageous for so many years. Tom would be so proud of his family! Know our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead. We love you all ~ Audrey and Ardon

  83. Rick & Paty Gould says:

    Grand Rapids MInnesotaWhat a journey. We welcome you home to your loved ones, Major Beyer. You left behind a beautiful, loving family how proud you must be of them. We thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and rejoice that your final resting place will be among all who love you. God bless. Rick & Paty

  84. James T. Avard says:

    Welcome Home. May a legion of angels tend to the broken hearts of your loved ones that they may heal and be comforted.

    James T. Avard
    Vietnam Veteran
    1967-68 & 1970-71

  85. Andie says:

    I can’t believe I missed this when it happened! I am so mad and sad that I did not continue to be more active in search of news of our POW/MIAs. And yet, I am also so very glad for his family. My arm is going to feel so odd without his bracelet on it! I am 41 now and I think I was in middle school when my Grandfather (Papa) brought my little sister and me each our POW bracelets and talked with us about the meaning of them. Maybe he and Papa have met 🙂 So many thoughts going through my head right now. God bless Thomas John Beyer and his family.

  86. Alice Tufel says:

    I did not know Tom Beyer but I wore his MIA bracelet throughout my high school and college years, and I still have it. I just discovered this site, and my heart goes out to his family and friends. I’m glad he is back with you now, and I hope it is some comfort to know that he lives on even in the heart of someone who never met him…

  87. Carol Murphy says:

    I attended both St. Mary’s Grade School & Shanley High with your loved one & he was an amazing human being.
    I am sorry you lost him so young.
    May God bless you all.
    Carol Murphy

  88. Debbie Czap says:

    I still have the POW/MIA bracelet with this brave young man’s name engraved on it. I received the bracelet by mail back in the 60’s and have kept it for the past fifty years. May his soul rest in peace.

  89. April Davis says:

    Thank you for your service sir. R.I.P.

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