Thomas Nelson Dean

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
25 December 1948 - 05 May 1968
Washington, District of Columbia
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas Nelson Dean

18 Oct 2001

You died not in vain, but in support of freedom and in support of your fellow Marines. You are not alone and you will not be forgotten. Semper Fi!

From a fellow Delta 1/3 Marine,
Gary Stanley
MGySgt USMC (Ret)

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In May 1968 the 1st Bn, 3rd Marines participated in Operation NAPOLEAN/SALINE, a multi-regiment sweep of the area bounded by Con Thien to the west, the DMZ to the north, the South China Sea on the east, and the Cua Viet/Cam Lo Rivers on the south. During early May the 1/3 Marines worked on the north bank of the river in the area north of Dong Ha. On 05 May the battalion had a sharp engagement with NVA troops at Som Soi, losing 17 Marines and sailors:
  • C Company:
  • D Company:
    • Cpl Jimmie A. Dolen, Bremerton, WA
    • Cpl Alvin C. Knight, Elizabethtown, KY
    • Cpl Tommy L. Taylor, Chattanooga, TN
    • LCpl Gregory T. Indrecc, Detroit, MI
    • LCpl Michael L. Johnson, Tulsa, OK
    • LCpl Joseph R. Pierce, Mattoon, IL
    • Pfc Johnnie H. Beasley, Lakeland, FL
    • Pfc Thomas N. Dean, Washington, DC
    • Pfc Richard W. Hagel, Hayward, CA
    • Pfc Ralph J. Hitchcock, Jacksonville, FL
    • Pfc Jerry L. Janeway, Delhi, CA
    • Pfc Kenneth P. Shasteen, Estill Springs, TN
    • Pfc Peter R. Turcotte, Rowley, MA

  • H&S Company:
    • HM3 Harvey D. Gray, Plainfield, WI
    • HN Paul R. Holley, Columbus, OH (with Bravo 1/3)
    • Pfc William E. Grekela, Flint, MI

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Delta 1/3 Marine,
Gary Stanley
MGySgt USMC (Ret)

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Oct 2001
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