Completing the Narrative on Vietnam(SM).   Thomas F. Pike

Thomas F. Pike

  • Historical Battleground Forensics; to include analysis of historical data such as light, weather and terrain information; a thorough knowledge of order of battle; and an analysis of techniques, tactics, and procedures of U.S. and NVA/VC forces.  Other tools include interviews and a thorough analysis of surviving documents, photographs and intelligence information, such as aerial imagery.  
  • Research on formerly Top Secret satellite imagery from the 1960s and 1970s.
  • World War II and Vietnam documents and photographs.
  • North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Order of Battle, tactics, techniques and procedures.
  • Archives in the United States and overseas.

Thomas F. Pike has researched military records and photographs in the United States and overseas for over thirty years, focusing primarily on World War II and the Vietnam War.  He has conducted hundreds of interviews of veterans from these wars with the goal of bringing military history to life; to complete the narrative on Vietnam and World War II. 

He received his Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, where he  wrote his master’s thesis on Russian operations and German intelligence collection during a large campaign in World War II.   He was an Army War College fellow and focused his research on operations and intelligence at the national and operational level.  He currently serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army and has held commands from the company to the brigade level.   Tom Pike has deployed five times and his awards include three bronze stars and the Combat Action Badge.

Over the course of his research, Tom Pike has visited numerous World War II battlefields to include the D-Day Beaches, Berlin and the former region of Eastern Prussia.    He  is currently finishing several books that analyze operations and intelligence during the Tet Offensive in 1968.   In support of these projects, he has traveled to Vietnam several times, from Hanoi to Saigon/HCMC,  to conduct Historical Battleground Forensics and better understand these battles and campaigns.   He first visited Vietnam in 1996 where his trip took him throughout “I Corps.”  He toured Hue City with several veterans led by LtGen Ron Christmas, the former commander of H Company, 2/5 Marines which had fought in the city during the Tet Offensive.   He has also conducted research at Kham Duc, Dak To, Kontum, Pleiku and Ban Me Thuot for his book on the B3 Front and the Tet Offensive.  His most recent visit at the end of 2017 was to the II Corps area, including Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Tuy Hoa and other former bases and battlefields.

Over the course of over two decades, periodicals and authors have used his research to support their publications to include the Vietnam Veterans of America’s publication, “The Veteran.”  His research has also been references in several books to include Patton’s Pawns: the 94th U.S. Infantry Division at the Siegfried Line by the renowned World War II historian, Tony Le Tissier.

Tom Pike has also edited several books detailing operations and intelligence during the Vietnam War.  He has a thorough knowledge of U.S. and NVA Order of Battle and has spent years researching declassified Top Secret satellite imagery from the war.  This unique information as well as his other research have collectively assisted returning veterans, tour groups and historians for over twenty years.  He debuted the first book of analyzed satellite imagery from Vietnam in his book I Corps Vietnam: An Aerial Retrospective which includes imagery from satellites as well as fixed wing aircraft.   He also incorporated this data in his edited work, Military Records, February 1968, 3rd Marine Division: The Tet Offensive,  which is widely used by veterans as a reference for their tours during that period.