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MICHAEL PETER ALONGI JR

  • Wall Name:MICHAEL P ALONGI JR
  • Date of Birth:1/15/1943
  • Date of Casualty:11/1/1968
  • Home of Record:ELMWOOD PARK
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:40W, 70
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH

EDWIN ELLIS BLAGDON

  • Wall Name:EDWIN E BLAGDON
  • Date of Birth:11/23/1949
  • Date of Casualty:11/1/1968
  • Home of Record:AUBURN
  • County of Record:PLACER COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:40W, 70
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

THOMAS WYLIE BAYONET


is honored on Panel 40W, Line 70 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SGT Thomas W. Bayonet

    Posted on 7/18/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Fire Support Base Rita was located in the "Fishhook" area near the Cambodian border in Tay Ninh Province, RVN. It had been established to block NVA infiltration from Cambodia into South Vietnam. On November 1, 1968, FSB Rita was occupied by units of 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery; B Troop, 1/4th Cavalry; and 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry. Just after 0300 hours on November 1st, FSB Rita came under attack by North Vietnamese Army units. At the outset, the base was subjected to heavy mortar, artillery, and RPG attack, followed by a human wave assault against the northwestern defensive perimeter. Sappers and enemy infantry penetrated the perimeter, resulting in fighting within the northwestern section of FSB Rita. The artillery commander, LTC Charles C. Rogers, rallied his men and beat back the initial assault. A second massed assault followed, and again LTC Rogers led a successful defense. As dawn broke, a third massed attack was launched. Rogers, now with three serious wounds, no longer was able to physically lead his men but continued to direct the defense, and once again the NVA were repulsed. The battle continued until about 0800, when increasing air support forced the NVA to break off the attack and retreat across the border to sanctuary in Cambodia. While one Medal of Honor (LTC Rogers) and one Distinguished Service Cross (SP4 Lester Williams Jr., posthumously) were won that morning, the attack cost the lives of fourteen American soldiers: SP4 Thurl G. Carter III, SP4 Charles G. Costin (an 18-year-old cook who volunteered to man one of the .50 caliber machine guns on the perimeter), SP4 Ronnie Courtney, SGT James E. Graves, SGT Wendell D. McBurrows, SP4 Lester Williams Jr., SP4 Michael P. Alongi Jr., SP4 Wayne K. Laine, SP4 Marvin N. Propson, SGT Thomas W. Bayonet, SGT James M. Ciupinski, CPL William K. Alameda, SSGT James R. Norris, and PFC James E Martin. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vvmf.org, and info provided by Mack Easley at vvmf.org (November 2003)]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 12/29/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SERGEANT BAYONET,
    THANK YOU SERVICE AS A GRUNT. CHRISTMAS IS HERE.AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. THE NEW YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Never Forgotton

    Posted on 1/4/15 - by Ron Scheeley
    Thomas, I think of you often when the memories of the war flash back, I will always remember our chat on the last day of your leave before shipping out and I too left shortly after you. Thanks good buddy for your dedication and sacrifice. RIP
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  • My dear brother Tom

    Posted on 12/2/14 - by James bayonet v Jamesbayonet@charter.net
    I will always miss you my dear brother, God took you home before we could do many things together but He knows best
  • We Remember

    Posted on 2/25/14 - by Robert Sage
    Thomas is buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater, Pinellas County, FL.
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