Thomas Arthur Conklin

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
United States Navy
06 October 1946 - 26 May 1967
South Euclid, Ohio
Panel 20E Line 112

Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas Arthur Conklin

30 Jul 2005

Tom has been so sorely missed by his large extended family for all these many years.

His sister Kate, and his late brother Daniel, also a VietNam Vet, and his late parents Art and Kathleen never had a day go by without a thought of him - placing memorial ads in the classifieds every year on his birthday.

His large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, all still treasure his memory and have such high admiration and gratitude for the sacrifice he made for our country.

So, here's to you, Tommy... forever in our hearts, we love you and we thank you...

Placed by the wife of his closest cousin, Mike Coffey.
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

Notes from The Virtual Wall

In late April 1967 the 1st Marine Division initiated "Operation Union", a search-and-destroy effort aimed at the 21st NVA Regiment and other enemy forces operating in the Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces in Military Region 1. The Marines were engaged in heavy fighting throughout the first half of May, effectively destroying the NVA Regiment by mid-month.

A follow-on, "Operation Union II", was initiated on 26 May with air assaults into the Que Son Valley with the intention of locating and defeating in detail the remnants of the 21st NVA Regiment. Instead, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, found the 3rd NVA Regiment dug in near Vinh Huy.

Fighting continued throughout the afternoon. When the Marines finally overran the last enemy positions at 1630, they counted 118 dead NVA soldiers scattered over the battlefield. The 3rd Battalion lost 38 killed and 82 wounded.

  • H&S Company:
    • Capt James W. Ayers, Moncks Corner, SC
    • HM2 John E. Schon, Portland, OR (Silver Star)
    • HM3 Thomas A. Conklin, South Euclid, OH
    • LCpl William R. Dalrymple, Hoquiam, WA
    • LCpl Anthony J. Salerno, Cinnaminson, NJ
    • LCpl Jerry G. Waller, College Park, GA
    • Pfc Donald R. Troxell, Shelby, OH

  • I Company:
    • LCpl Brock D. Elliott, Manteca, CA
    • HN Edward D. Drohosky, Gary, IN
    • Pfc Thomas G. Jones, Utica, NY
    • Pfc Alexander G. Wainio, Troy, NH

  • K Company:
    • Pfc William J. Bresnahan, Ashburnham, MA
    • Pfc Michael J. Greeley, Milwaukie, OR

  • L Company:
    • Cpl Anthony M. Cass, Artesia, NM
    • Cpl Michael H. Collins, Tampa, FL
    • Cpl Gerald F. McDonald, Dorchester, MA
    • Cpl Benjamin Richardson, Detroit, MI (Silver Star)
    • Cpl Joseph P. Smith, West Point, VA
    • Cpl Allen W. Stath, Rensselaer, IN
    • HM3 Laddie C. Stierwalt, Las Vegas, NV
    • Cpl Arnold G. Wilkening, Spokane, WA
    • LCpl Thomas R. Burns, Fremont, WI
    • HN Michael W. Carey, Rescue, CA
    • LCpl Lowell R. Lloyd, Woodlawn, IL (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Dennis W. Frasier, St Johnsville, NY
    • Pfc William G. Landon, Deerfield, IL
    • Pfc Joseph Matthews, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc Robert D. Millan, Southfield, MI
    • Pfc Benjamin G. Mollica, Flushing, NY
    • Pfc Jack Smaso, New York, NY

  • M Company:
    • Cpl Roger V. Inscore, Huntington Beach, CA (Silver Star)
    • Cpl James J. Menart, Mentor, OH
    • Cpl John D. Rogers, Albuquerque, NM
    • Cpl Charles A. Crump, Greenville, TX
    • LCpl Harry K. Cartrette, Clarendon, NC
    • LCpl Robert G. Goddard, Jenks, OK
    • LCpl Allan H. Kellermann, Chicago, IL

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the wife of his closest cousin, Mike Coffey.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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