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HENRY CHARLES BIGGERSTAFF

  • Wall Name:HENRY C BIGGERSTAFF
  • Date of Birth:7/26/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/10/1968
  • Home of Record:NORFOLK
  • County of Record:CITY OF NORFOLK
  • State:VA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:58E, 4
  • Casualty Province:KONTUM

GARY ALLEN BOCHE

GARY ALLEN
BOCHE
  • Wall Name:GARY A BOCHE
  • Date of Birth:6/6/1944
  • Date of Casualty:5/10/1968
  • Home of Record:DELANCO
  • County of Record:BURLINGTON COUNTY
  • State:NJ
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:58E, 4
  • Casualty Province:BINH LONG

THOMAS JOSEPH BLACKMAN


is honored on Panel 58E, Line 4 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/28/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC BLACKMAN,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FIELD ARTILLERY FIRE CONTROL MAN. ARTILLERYMEN WILL ALWAYS BE SPECIAL TO ME. SEMPER FI. I AM GLAD YOU WERE IDENTIFIED IN 2005. WELCOME HOME. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/26/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Thomas Joseph Blackman, 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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  • THOMAS J BLACKMAN

    Posted on 4/23/16 - by Amy J Sopha amysopha@gmail.com
    To the family of PFC Thomas J Blackman USMC,

    I recently found the information that your loved ones remains were found and returned in 2005, I am grateful he is home where he belongs, may he rest in peace. I would like to personally thank him for his service and sacrifice. I have been wearing his bracelet since 1992. I am not sure how I feel about taking it off, it has become a part of me. I would like to return it to you if you would like it, and I will probably start to wear another soldiers name hoping for the same results of them being returned, or I still plan to get to the wall someday and they say I can leave it there, Let me know if you have a preference, I hope to have contact with someone in his family, God Bless you all ~
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  • Wisconsin 37 POW/MIA Tribute

    Posted on 8/24/14 - by Jeff Doc Dentice
    Thomas Blackman is remembered on Docs Wisconsin 37 Tribute page, along with all the WI. Vietnam War POW/MIA. www.war-veterans.org/Wi37.htm
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 5/10/14 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Silver Star
    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Thomas Joseph Blackman (MCSN: 2398632), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Field Artillery Fire Control Man with Battery D, Second Battalion, Thirteenth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 10 May 1968, Private First Class Blackman was a member of a detachment of two howitzers at the United States Army Special Forces camp at Ngok Tavak in Quang Tin Province. In the early morning hours, the camp was attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese Army battalion who penetrated the camp's defensive wire in two places and, utilizing grenades, mortars, B-40 rockets and automatic weapons, attempted to overrun the hill top position. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Private First Class Blackman unhesitatingly left his covered position and moved across the compound under heavy hostile fire to the portion of the defensive perimeter where the enemy attack was concentrated. Arriving in the area as an adjacent storage area containing 104-mm. high explosive ammunition began to explode, he ignored the danger from enemy grenades, small arms fire and detonating ordnance as he stood on top of the protective berm and delivered accurate fire against the assaulting North Vietnamese. For approximately thirty minutes, he fearlessly maintained his perilous position as the enemy attempted to silence his effective fire. Subsequently, he was killed by automatic weapons fire. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Private First Class Blackman was instrumental in repulsing the enemy assault and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    Action Date: May 10, 1968

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Battery D

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 13th Marines

    Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
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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.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.