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THOMAS MICHAEL CONNELL


is honored on Panel 25W, Line 96 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 2/15/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    In the first half of 1969, three companies of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion and the 15th Light Equipment Company defended the big American base and air strip at Dak To, RVN, against the North Vietnamese Army’s 66th Infantry Regiment and 40th Artillery Regiment. From January through July of 1969, some six hundred bulldozer drivers, crane and front-end loader operators, mechanics, medics, cooks, clerks, truck drivers, and other non-infantry men defended the rugged, jungle-covered mountain in the Central Highlands northwest of Kontum near the Laos and Cambodian borders. From May 9 until the second week of July, the NVA shelled the mountain virtually every day with 122mm rockets, 81mm mortar rounds, recoilless rifles, and B-40 rockets. Late in the afternoon of May 13, 1969, nineteen 122mm rockets flew into the 299th’s compound. The six-foot, 100 lb. projectiles were described as “big enough you could see them flying through the air…they looked like flying telephone poles.” Four artillerymen perished in the attack. They were SP4 Thomas M. Connell, PFC Thomas W. Davis, SSGT Donald R. Kraft, and PFC Lynn J. Wieser. Another eleven Americans were wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and digitaledition.qwinc.com]
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 1/8/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sp4 Thomas Connell,
    Thank you for your service as a Field Artillery Basic. It is 2018, Happy New Year. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/13/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Thomas Michael Connell, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 5/13/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you PFC Connell for your courage in dangerous times, in a dangerous land.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 5/13/12 - by A Vietnam Vet.
    Thank you, Brother.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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