“Sargent Wanta was born in Milwaukee and attended schools there until his family moved to Englewood seven [1938] years ago. He was graduated from Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood and from Marguette University. He entered service nearly three years ago and been with the Medical Corps for twenty months.”
- Obituary, January 1945

“Tom died as a result of injuries incurred when an airplane taking off, blew a tire and crashed into the Emergency Crash Ambulance which he was attending at Leyte Airdrome, Philippine Islands, 5:30 a.m., 13 December 1944. Immediately after the accident, Tom was rushed to the hospital, where he died at 1:00 p.m., still in the state of unconsciousness.

"Tom’s keen knowledge and education was not kept to himself, but as section chief he utilized it in his work where he not only found happiness, but along with his gentle nature and good humor made it a pleasure for men to work with him. His devotion to duty is a shining example to look up to, and we shall strive to live up to those standards he so gallantly set forth.”
- Excerpt, letter to the Wanta family,
Lt. Col. G. A. Walker, December 1944

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