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MICHAEL JOSEPH MCPARLANE

  • Wall Name:MICHAEL J MCPARLANE
  • Date of Birth:10/23/1945
  • Date of Casualty:6/3/1969
  • Home of Record:FLUSHING
  • County of Record:QUEENS
  • State:NY
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:23W, 56
  • Casualty Province:TAY NINH

SAMMY LOUIS MEAD JR

  • Wall Name:SAMMY L MEAD JR
  • Date of Birth:1/16/1948
  • Date of Casualty:6/3/1969
  • Home of Record:PLEASANT HOPE
  • County of Record:POLK COUNTY
  • State:MO
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:23W, 54
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI

THOMAS JOHN MEAD


is honored on Panel 23W, Line 54 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 9/13/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    PFC Thomas J. Mead was a rifleman serving with Combined Action Program (CAP) 3-2-2, Combined Action Company (CACO) 3-2, 3rd Combined Action Group (CAG), Combined Action. At 1630 hours on June 3, 1969, CAP 3-5-4 was returning to their day position near Cau Truoi in Thua Thien Province, RVN, when they received verbal insults from a drunken Regional Force (RF) soldier. An argument ensued, and the CACO 3-5’s commanding officer (CO) was notified. He in turn notified the RF Group’s CO and the District Chief of Phu Loc. The CACO CO then arrived at the scene. The drunken RF soldier next threatened a Marine with his pistol. The CACO CO attempted to calm the situation with the aid of another RF CO. This was followed by the drunken RF soldier opening fire on 3-5’s CO and party while he rallied other RF soldiers, who also opened fire. Other elements of 3-5-4 were called as reinforcements and a firefight took place between the two forces, with CAP returning fire against the RF’s. Contact was eventually broken by CAP. During the engagement, PFC Mead was fatally wounded. Another Marine was injured. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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  • Semper Fi Marine.

    Posted on 6/3/14 - by A Marine - Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/29/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Thomas John Mead, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Marine Brothers

    Posted on 11/15/13 - by Sel J. Wong
    This is his boot camp photo from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Platoon 1037. He earned the title “U.S. Marine” on September 10, 1968.

    Thank you for your service to our great nation, my brother
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  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 6/3/12 - by A Marine
    Semper Fi, Marine. We fought for each other.
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