Thomas Lawrence Gates
Private First Class
Army of the United States
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 30, 1949 to November 25, 1986
(Incident Date April 09, 1970)
THOMAS L GATES is on the Wall at Panel W12, Line 112

Thomas L Gates
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24 Sep 2006

The date today is 9/24/06. My cousin was Tommy L. Gates. He died from wounds received on 11/25/70. He did not die until 1986. There was a man hit the same time who wants info on Tommy. For some reason I can't get back to the website on "onThe Virtual Wall" to get your address.(e-mail), or name. I have put out alerts for you on, and here. My e-mail is I have newspaper clippings about him, and when his mother fought to get his name on THE WALL (1994). Contact me - I have free nationwide long distance also. I am an ex-juggy 1968-70. I have cancer, so time might be limited. ASAP I want to do this for all of us. SEMPER FI.

From a cousin,
G. Gould

14 Jun 2007

On April 9, 1970 there were many others wounded, not just two. Jose Morales, Tom Patchell, and a grunt named Bristol were all in the same squad as Mace and Gates. I was with these good soldiers and was also wounded that day.

From a combat brother,
Lenard Blachly


A Note from The Virtual Wall

The MACV Summary for 09 April 1970 reflects two engagements in the A Shau Valley about 24 miles west-southwest of Hue:

It is not clear what units were involved in the two engagements but available records do indicate that B Company, 2/501st Infantry lost four men killed in action in the A Shau Valley on 09 Apr 1970:
  • SSG James D. Mace, Deseret, UT;
  • CPL Herman A. Clay, Richmond, TX;
  • CPL Leroy Nelson, Theodore, AL; and
  • CPL Charles G. Selman, Farmington, MI.
Others were wounded, and one of those, PFC Thomas L. Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio, died from his wounds sixteen years later - on 25 November 1986. PFC Gates' name was added to the Wall on Veterans' Day 1994.

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