THOMAS A MCCONAHY
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HONORED ON PANEL 9E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

THOMAS ARTHUR MCCONAHY

WALL NAME

THOMAS A MCCONAHY

PANEL / LINE

9E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

08/09/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/15/1966

HOME OF RECORD

MARTINSBURG

COUNTY OF RECORD

Blair County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS ARTHUR MCCONAHY
POSTED ON 7.15.2014
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Semper Fi, Marine.

POSTED ON 7.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Thomas Arthur McConahy, 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 7.7.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Thomas is buried at Grandview Cemetery, Altoona, Blair County,PA.
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POSTED ON 11.20.2007
POSTED BY: Karen (Dunkel) Biddle

We had a lot of fun in school

Tom and I went to school together at Central. He used to come to the house just to visit and sometimes a bunch of us would go cruising. He was so excited when he joined the Marines. I miss him. He made me laugh.
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POSTED ON 7.19.2005
POSTED BY: Charles Burchfield V-V 1969-70

Central Graudate, 19, Marine Jungle Scout Died in Vietnam

Morrisons Cove Hearld

A former Henrietta boy who acheved his ambiton to become a United States Marine, died in Vietnam Friday on a search and destroy mission in Vietnam.

PFC Thomas A. McConahy, 19 sone of Mr. and Mr.s Charles R. McConeahy, of Homeers Gap, Box 519B, Altoona, RD1, died of small arems fire in actual combat his parents were notified.

His parents operated a store in Henrietta from February 1952 until August 1965. Thosmas attended school at Henrietta, Marinsburg, Cover Junior High and graduated at Central High in June 1965.

He enlisted in the Marines, August 25, 1965 and took basic training at Parris Island, S.C., advanced training at Camp Lejune N.C., and was graduated radio operators school at Pendelton, Calif.

On December 28, 1965, he was tranfered to Okinawa and on April 1, sent to Veitnam.

His Father said the body is to arrive in ALtoona this week. Services will be held at the Mauk and Yates Funeral Home in Juniatat with burrial in Grandview Cemetery, Altoona. The Marine Corps will provide a full military funeral.

Mr. McConahy said that they received thier son's last letter on Monday. In it he said that his buddy "Smitty", was killed the previoiius Sunday, adding "they'll pay for for that". He said that he had helped bring in 11 Viet Cong in a hilicopter the pervious day.

Previously he had written of swimming across a river, 100 feet wide and 10 feet deep, wearing a full pack in broad daylight. He was a scout and had been sent across the stream to learn of the position of the enemy who had knocked out a bridge, he told his parents.

His Father said that Thomas frequently drew maps of his scouting exploits. He told of going into a cave to rout the enemy but he had no pistol so he borrowed one from a sergent.

The Father said his sone asked that the family send gun cleaning equipement which was not provided.

Mr. McConahy said that a Marine captain told him that Thomas, "Wen far beyond the call of duty".

Thirteen Marines were killed in the action near Quang Ngai, on Friday, the Father said. A Brethren Chaplin was with hem when he died, a Marine captain told him.

When stationed on Okinawa, Thosmas was selected to guard the Gemini Spacecraft and the astronauts which were recovered from the Pacific and brought to the island by destroyer.

Thomas was a member of the Henrietta Church of God. His Father said that he never missed church, even while in the Marines. He was a wrestler during his years at Central High School and loved to hunt and fish, Mr. McConaly said, adding "He was always down at the creek".

His Mother was a patient at Geisinger Hospital, Danville, when the telegram telling of his death was received on Saturday. She has since returned home, her husband said.

Thomas A. McConaly was born in Altoona August 9, 1947, a sone of Charles R. and June (Bressler) McConahy.

He leaves his parents, three sisters, Jacqueline, wife of James Leech of Bakers Summit, and twins Lesli Ann and Linda Jean, at home; two grandparents, Mrs. Anna Bressler and Oliver R. McConahy, both of Altoona.
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