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  • Date of Birth:1/28/1944
  • Date of Casualty:2/5/1969
  • Home of Record:SEAL BEACH
  • County of Record:ORANGE COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:NAVY
  • Rank:LTJG
  • Panel/Line:33W, 69
  • Status:MIA
  • Casualty Province:OFFSHORE, PR&MR UNK.


  • Date of Birth:11/21/1947
  • Date of Casualty:2/5/1969
  • Home of Record:SOUTHFIELD
  • County of Record:OAKLAND COUNTY
  • State:MI
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Line:33W, 70
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM


is honored on Panel 33W, Line 70 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/13/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Carl Joseph Tanzola Jr, 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
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/11/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

  • in gratitude

    Posted on 2/5/03 - by cynthia blake
    Carl Joseph Tanzola Jr. - 20 yrs.

    I feel everyone here needs some acknowledgement of their ultimate sacrifice for our country. You died much too young. You had a life that deserved many more years. There are people left behind who loved you and who, I imagine still feel the pain of your loss to this day. I hope they have comfort in knowing you are at rest and that they will someday see you again in a much better place.

    Your courage and efforts in Vietnam will never be forgotten in my heart and in a multitude of others who have the upmost respect and honor for the soldiers who lost their lives there.

    in Peace always
    February 5, 2003
  • Thanks for taking the time to remember Carl

    Posted on 10/28/01 - by Thomas Sweet

    I grew up with Carl and we were friends for many years. I appreciate your taking the time to write about Carl on the website. It means a lot to all of us who knew him.
  • A Brave and Couragous Soldier

    Posted on 9/28/99 - by Larry Coulter
    Carl Tanzola was a member of 3rd Platoon, Co. C, 2/27th Infantry (Wolfhounds),25th Infantry Division.
    He carried an M-79 grenade launcher. The troops referred to that weapon as a "duper" because that was the sound it produced when fired.
    Our company was operating out of a "hard spot" in the Boi Loi Woods. It was a free fire zone. We had been on a company size sweep through a section of the woods when the Company Commander received a call that we should immediately proceed to a specified clearing to be picked up by choppers. A LRRP (long range recon patrol) had walked into a NVA basecamp and were being wiped out. As we hurriedly moved through the woods towards our pickup zone we walked into a "new" enemy basecamp. The bunkers were freshly made. Areas had been cleared for group meetings. Bamboo poles had been cut to build overhead covers. It was all quite elaborate, but no NVA troops were present. We didn't have time to investigate or destroy the complex.
    We were picked up by choppers and deployed to rescue the LRRP team.
    A couple of days later we were sent back to find this "new" basecamp complex and destroy it. Carl was walking point along with Terry Doebereiner. Enroute to this location they walked in front of an enemy bunker. The NVA opened up on them with automatic weapons and fired a RPG. Carl was killed instantly. Terry was hit several times in the chest but only slightly wounded. The AK-47 rounds had struck and lodged in the M-16 magazines he wore in bandaliers around his chest.
    The platoon put down covering fire while Lt. Dean and myself ran forward and recovered Terry and Carl.
    Artillery, gunships and jet bombers were used to destroy the area. Jets were dropping 500 pound bombs so close that one of our RTO's took a large piece of shrapnel
    in the arm and had to be evacuated.
    The entire platoon mourned the loss of Carl. He was a courageous soldier who did his duty. I am proud that I had the opportunity to know him.

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