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THOMAS STEWART MCGARRY


is honored on Panel 6W, Line 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of GMG3 Thomas S. McGarry

    Posted on 9/23/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At 2330 hours on October 20, 1970, the Naval Advanced Tactical Support Base (ATSB) at Song Ong Doc was attacked by what was later estimated to be a Viet Cong company reinforced with heavy and medium weapons. The VC started pouring in 57mm recoilless and mortar rounds from both the north side jungle adjacent to the base and from the south side free-fire area of swamps across the river. In addition, the VC were shooting 12.7 mm machine guns and small arms into the base. Rounds were landing everywhere and sank two riverine patrol boats (PBRs) that were tied up alongside. Air support was requested and offshore gunfire support from the Coast Guard ship USCGC Bering Strait fired at points south of the river. Enemy fire began tapering off after an hour. Damage from the attack included ten AMMI pontoon barges being hit and/or sunk. Buildings had for the most part all been burned from fuel fires. There were two Americans killed in action. GMG3 Thomas S. McGarry, an advisor with the 62nd River Patrol Group, was fatally injured when he was struck by a B-40 rocket as he attempted to lead a group of men to their PBRs within moments after the assault began. He was recommended for the Bronze Star for his actions. RM3 John D. Drake, initially reported as missing, was later found dead on the ATSB. Approximately 20 more USN personnel suffered injuries. The supporting boat tender USS Garrett County (LST-786), located offshore, received many of the wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and riverinesailor.com]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear GMG3 Thomas Stewart McGarry, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/25/12 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com

    Thomas's ashes were scattered in the Pacific ocean.

  • Salute to a Fellow Veteran

    Posted on 4/4/12 - by Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng reecejim@yahoo.com
    You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.
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  • 34 Years!

    Posted on 10/21/04 - by Peggy Stewart stewart1425@rogers.com
    How many years have gone by!
    You are not forgotten. We miss you.
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