THOMAS K KING
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 48 OF THE WALL

THOMAS KEITH KING

WALL NAME

THOMAS K KING

PANEL / LINE

6E/48

DATE OF BIRTH

08/14/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/25/1966

HOME OF RECORD

COMMERCE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hunt County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS KEITH KING
POSTED ON 4.17.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always.
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POSTED ON 10.5.2022

Final Mission of PFC Thomas K. King

Operation Kings (March 20–28, 1966) was a 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, and 3rd Tank Battalion search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The Marines' objective was to eliminate the Viet Cong (VC) power base in the area south of Da Nang. The heaviest action of the operation occurred during the early morning of March 25th. Company E, 9th Marines had established defensive positions for the night two miles west of railroad tracks and 1,000 yards north of National Route QL-4. At 12:30 AM, Marines at a listening post heard a small force of VC, using water buffalo as a screen, attempting to infiltrate the company's perimeter. In an exchange of small arms fire, the Marines killed two VC. Another listening post reported enemy movement to its front at about the same time, and a Marine threw a grenade at the suspected VC. One-half hour later, a 75-round mortar barrage hit the company position. The VC followed the mortar attack with a two-company assault. Simultaneously, other enemy units placed a heavy volume of small arms fire on night positions of Company M, 9th Marines to the southwest, preventing these Marines from coming to Company E's assistance. Company E sustained repeated VC ground attacks for the next hour. With the help of 1,000 105mm rounds of supporting fire from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines, the Company repulsed the VC with heavy losses. Although the enemy attack ended shortly after 2:00 AM, Marine artillery continued to fire interdiction missions, and a Marine flare plane illuminated the battlefield until 5:00 AM. Company E suffered seven killed and seventeen wounded. The lost personnel included LCPL William E. Copeland II, SGT Richard A. Eckvall, CPL Michael D. Laux, LCPL Gerald A. LeTendre, PFC Thomas K. King, PFC Clyde D. McDonald, and PFC Samuel M. Ramirez. The Marines reportedly killed at least forty of the enemy. They identified the attacking enemy unit as the R-20 or Doc Lap Battalion, which had been harassing Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) outposts on QL-4 since mid-February 1966. [Taken from virtualwall.org and “U.S. Marines in Vietnam: An Expanding War 1966” by Jack Shulimson]
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POSTED ON 12.24.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Thomas King, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Christmas Eve today, Merry Christmas. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.14.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Thomas Keith King, Served with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 2.21.2017
POSTED BY: Tommy Stephenson

Thinking of You

I was watching the movie "Forrest Gump",the Vietnam War scene, and I thought of you. I remember we were in choir class on November 22,1963,the day President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Everyone was shocked by the news and the teacher let us go outside until the class was over. I remember looking over and seeing you cleaning your finger nails with a knife. I can remember that day as if it was yesterday.
I am sorry that I missed your funeral. I didn't know about it until it had come and gone. I have thought of you often since we were in high school. I know we had some good laughs in school. I will never forget you,my friend.
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