TOMMY E DICKERSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 19E, LINE 23 OF THE WALL

TOMMY EUGENE DICKERSON

WALL NAME

TOMMY E DICKERSON

PANEL / LINE

19E/23

DATE OF BIRTH

05/10/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/03/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ROCKVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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LEFT FOR TOMMY EUGENE DICKERSON
POSTED ON 8.22.2022
POSTED BY: L/Cpl: Antonio R. Ramos

BLT 1/3 Water Run Ambush May 3, 1967

The Water Run Ambush. Some of us went from Vietnan to Okinawa to refurbish. With others, returned to Vietnam as Battalion Landing Team (BLT-1/3), 1st. Battn, 3rd. Marine Regiment, 3 Marine Div. Our fleet ship was the USS Okinawa, a helicopter carrier; to do heliborne assaults against the N. Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces. On April 28, 1967 we were heli-lifted into the Que Son Valley (Quang Tin Prov.) to sweep northwest of the village. We humped for days, contact with the enemy was increasing. On May 3, 1967 after a very hot day of search, we called off the day. It was Operation Beaver Cage-Union.
In need of drinking water, a water run was organized mostly out of company “A” guys who proceeded to pick up every else’s canteen and hoisted them on belts to carry as many as possible to the creek. So many that they were even told not to bring their weapons. We had made the mistake of setting up camp in a flat area lower than some nearby hills. Unknowingly to us, the enemy was spying from the higher ground. The water run group left the perimeter and we keep digging foxholes for the night. Shortly afterwards, heavy automatic and small arms fire erupted. Since there have been no prior scouting, the water run was easily ambushed by the creek. Everybody was called to commit, and the battle lasted until past midnight. Artillery and gunship fire was needed to suppress the cunning enemy. Word of mouth was that 14 Marine brothers were killed ambushed that fateful evening, but I can only account for 11, including this hero. Some of the bodies we could not retrieve until the next day. As Shore Party man, I helped load most the bodies into the choppers. 55 years later, I want to memorialize all of them and tell their loved ones what happened. As for me, sometime later, on the evening of June 13, 1967, I lost part of my right leg to a booby trap during the first day of Operation Choctaw. God Bless you all brothers. I still love and remember you all. Semper Fi. Antonio R. Ramos. Revised on Aug 22, 2022.
In Memory: 1) Balch, James Iverson -Corpman; 2) Button, Monty Duwayne; 3) Carnline, Troy Monroe; 4) Dickerson, Tommy Eugene; 5) Falwell, Donald Wayne; 6) La Rose, Joseph Rhuben, 7) Murry Eugene; 8) Plesakov, Luciano Paul; 9) Spicer, Eugene Douglas; 10) Sweesy, John Earl; 11) Verbilla, David.
May the Lord Bless their souls. They are not dead until we forget them.

Semper Fi

L/Cpl: Antonio R. Ramos – USMC- Ret.
Archaeologist and Historian.
3 Shore Party Bn, attached to BLT 1
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POSTED ON 5.11.2022
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Tommy Eugene Dickerson, Served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 4.27.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. While all deaths in Vietnam are tragic that you died just one week before your 20th birthday is especially so. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 5.10.2020
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Marine.

We can never truly repay the great debt we owe our fallen heroes. Rest in peace PFC. Dickerson, I salute your brave soul. Semper Fidelis!
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POSTED ON 5.4.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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