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  • Date of Birth:8/31/1947
  • Date of Casualty:1/23/1968
  • Home of Record:COLUMBUS
  • County of Record:BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY
  • State:IN
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:35E, 14
  • Casualty Province:BINH DINH


  • Date of Birth:8/12/1947
  • Date of Casualty:1/23/1968
  • Home of Record:CAYCE
  • County of Record:LEXINGTON COUNTY
  • State:SC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:35E, 15
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN


is honored on Panel 35E, Line 14 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/27/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SSGT Tommy Lee Carpenter, 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
  • The 50th Infantry Remembers

    Posted on 3/4/13 - by Jim Sheppard, 50th Infantry Historian

    Staff Sergeant Tommy Lee Carpenter is fondly remembered by the soldiers with whom he served from the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry, Company A, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Squad.

    Visit the Website of the Association formed by these 50th Infantry Vietnam Vets at:

    Post a note on our “Message Board” and possibly some of our members who served with Tommy Lee will respond. Search our site for photos and other documentation and(or) contact me (Jim Sheppard, Association Historian) at for details about our Memorial for our men lost in action at the current day 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Headquarters at Fort Benning, Georgia. Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremonies are held every two years at the reunions of the 50th Infantry Association.

    The Association wishes to thank Matt Craig and Francis Carpenter for the photo used in this Memorial post.

  • I remember

    Posted on 1/23/12 - by
    I was with the 2-1 Cavalry and had duty shortly before the attack. I heard a digging sound probably 100 yards out we had security to thw west side of the airport. I hit my spot light where I thought it was coming , no one there. 30 minutes later the attack began. This has always bothered me for now 44years.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 7/11/08 - by Robert Sage
    Tommy is buried at Pleasant Walk Cemetery in Anderson, IN.

    Posted on 5/5/06 - 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
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