I remembered when I received an email in 2011 from John Condon. He stated he was the nephew of Airman Thomas Condon and was hoping to get some information about the crash. He had been doing some research and came across the facebook page. I was very happy to provide as his father William Condon (brother of Airman Condon) was coming to visit and he wanted to share it with him.
When I heard the news that Airman Thomas Condon was ID and coming home there was a smile on my face. Another set of siblings lived long enough to see their brother make it back home to his true final resting place. On the 25th of May Airman Condon made his way home to Waukesha, WI.
Walking into St. John’s Catholic Church, I stood in line to greet the family, and I looked around at all the people that came to welcome him home. Row after Row was filled with people. In the last row was the daughter and her family of PVT Kittle. Kittle died on the plane with Airman Condon and Airman Anderson. This was a special moment for me because PVT Kittle’s home coming was the 1st service I attended in 2014. I stepped out of line and give Ms. Linda a hug. It meant so much for me to see them there. All these men died together aboard the C-124 and after their death their families has become somewhat of a support system for each other.
When it was my turn to finally meet his brother William and sister Marian, all we could do was smile at each other. Even if no other words were said we were all glad to see each other. At the end of the service a brother and sister walked behind their older brother casket with smiles of joy.
It is always nice to hear a little about the airman and their life before the crash. Airman Condon was a little funny because the story was told he loved to work on cars, tractors, etc… but once they did the math he was only 10 or 11 years old when he found his passion. lol
I want to thanks Ruben Garza with Airforce Mortuary Affairs, Staff Sgt. Mario Super for escorting Airman Condon home, Fr. Bustos with St John Church, Tuscan Hall Banquet Center for allowing the family to gather and tell the wonderful family stories, John Condon for allowing me to attend and witness this all.
“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the armed services make to defend our way of life.” — Robin Hayes
Airman Thomas Condon, you have come home to your family close to Memorial Day and it holds true to Robin Hayes Quote. Welcome home Sir and Thank You for making that sacrifice. ~Tonja Anderson