THOMAS W DESSELLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 23 OF THE WALL

THOMAS WILLIAM DESSELLE

WALL NAME

THOMAS W DESSELLE

PANEL / LINE

38W/23

DATE OF BIRTH

07/12/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/21/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SAN ANTONIO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bexar County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS WILLIAM DESSELLE
POSTED ON 5.9.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Thomas Desselle,
Thank you for your service as an Antitank Assaultman. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.18.2018
POSTED BY: Ron (Tex) Dorsey

Bootcamp buddies & beyond

Ahhh Tom (or Diesel as we called you in training), we trained so hard to be good grunts. We did all the training together & you often told me you had a feeling that you wouldn't make it home from Nam. I blasted you for being negative. We did Nam, me in Fox & you in Golf, our sister company. We occasionally met in the bush as brothers. Unfortunately, your feeling was right. I miss you brother & think of you often.
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POSTED ON 11.21.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation (full)

Thomas W. Desselle
Date of death: Killed in Action
Home of record: San Antonio Texas
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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 W. Desselle (MCSN: 2434898), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gunner with Company G, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 20 November 1968, while participating in Operation MEADE RIVER in Quang Nam Province, Company G became heavily engaged with an enemy company entrenched in well-fortified positions and sustained several casualties. Disregarding his own safety, Private First Class Desselle quickly moved his machine gun over approximately 150 meters of fire-swept terrain to an advantageous position and directed accurate fire against the hostile force. Observing a wounded Marine lying in an area dangerously exposed to enemy fire, he unhesitatingly commenced maneuvering forward to assist the casualty. As he advanced across the hazardous ground, he came under a heavy volume of hostile fire and was seriously injured. Undaunted, Private First Class Desselle resolutely continued to advance until he succumbed to his wounds. His determined efforts and aggressive fighting spirit inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Desselle 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: 20-Nov-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company G

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 10.29.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Thomas William Desselle, 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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POSTED ON 6.13.2012
POSTED BY: University of Texas, San Antonio

Remembrance

Remembrance

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