Thomas Elbert CreekLance Corporal
I CO, 3RD BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
07 April 1950 - 13 February 1969
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The database page for Thomas Elbert Creek
MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS
From a school friend,
Lance Corporal Thomas E. Creek was my friend and fiance' when he was killed in 1969. I think of him always and miss him every day. He was a sweet young man, probably the most giving individual I ever knew. When he asked me to marry him, I was only 17, and knew he was going overseas to Viet Nam. I told him I would marry him when he came home if he still wanted me. But Tom said he wanted to get married first because he just had this feeling that he wasn't coming back. I became upset and angry with him for saying such a thing. And today I wish I could go back in time and change it all. But you see, so many young men I'd seen go overseas, whether Germany, Korea or Viet Nam, had come back with completely different agendas than when they left. Why? Because they left our precious America as children, and came back MEN. Tom didn't get to come home after all, but I am as proud of him today as I was then.
Recently I learned that his little brother, Roy Creek, has passed away, as well as his parents. Oh how his family hurt and paid. Tom has one living older brother, Ross Creek of Amarillo, TX. I just hope Ross and his wife, Kris, know how much Tom was loved - and by so many!
HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, I PROMISE.
Lynna (McBrayer) Paris
Thank you for your sacrifice, for fellow Marines.
Semper Fi, my young man.
I have read about you, watched a VA Center be named after you, and stood right at your marker.
I spent four years in the Corps and am so honored to this day to be a part of a team that you represented with all a man can give.
Thank you and your family for helping me and my family live on in the name of Love.
Sgt. John Moya, Jr.
10 Jun 2007
Brothers never forget!
Notes from The Virtual WallThe 7th Motor Transportation Battalion's Command Chronology for February 1969 contains the following entry:
"On 13 February 1969, the Vandegrift convoy was ambushed by an estimated NVA platoon. Land mines, mortars, fragmentation grenades and small arms fire were used to attack the convoy. The attack was repulsed and after an hour's contact the convoy continued to its destination. This action took place on Route #9, approximately 7 miles east of the Vandegrift Combat Base. ... Friendly losses were 3 killed and 14 wounded."while the III Marine Amphibious Force Intelligence Summary for the period says
"Elsewhere in Quang Tri enemy efforts were hightlighted by the 13 February ambushing of a convoy on Route 9, seven kilometers west southwest of Cam Lo (YD059569) by an unknown size enemy force employing small arms and 60mm mortar fire. One tractor-trailer was destroyed while two tractor-trailers and a two and one-half ton truck were damaged. In addition three Marines were killed and 11 others wounded."The ambush is mentioned in other documents as well, and all agree that three Marines were killed in the action ... but The Virtual Wall can positively identify only two of the three men
Lance Corporal Creek's Medal of Honor was presented
He is buried in the
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a school friend,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Jun 2002
Last updated 11/17/2007