Thomas Edward Kingsley

Army of the United States
06 March 1947 - 20 March 1971
Toledo, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas Edward Kingsley

25 Aug 2002

Your father said he enjoyed so much seeing you grow up.

I don't think I could have enjoyed growing up with anyone as much as you.

May you rest in peace, and come back to a wiser and better world.

Molly Messinger

01 Jul 2006

Hi, Tom

It's been 35 years since you left us standing here, waiting at the door. I hope you're there to greet us with that big wide grin when we finally come. It's the 4th of July 2006, can you believe it, I can't conceive of it sometimes.

See ya,
Molly Messinger Ridgley

From a childhood friend,
Molly Messinger Ridgley
21 Jul 2004

Tom, Robert, Rick and Vernon, your friendship will be remembered forever. That day was a terrible mistake which I have not come to grips with completely. Long live Carlson's "Howling Mothers". We were the best of our generation.

Your Friend and Brother, Joe Lewis

From one who served in the same squad at the same time,
Joe Lewis
Marengo, Illinois

17 Mar 2006

To Thomas's family.

I have been told that Thomas and my Dad Bob Martin were close friends. I heard when they were at Fort Campbell they had a instant bond. I know that Thomas's friendship meant a lot to him. I think of these four men often and how proud they are to see how much we care about them. I have been very blessed to have talked to two men who had served with both Thomas and my Dad. They have told me what wonderful men they were.

RuthAnne Martin
Daughter of Robert P Martin Jr
(Bob to his friends)
Phoenix, Arizona

20 Sep 2006

Tom was my uncle. It was a sad day for four men, their platoon, and their families.

These three men and my uncle and all the men who fought in Vietnam are heros in our hearts. He is still very much loved in this world.

Powell (Butch) Kingsley Jr

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Four men of Bravo Company, 2/5 Cavalry, died in an accident on 20 March 1971:
  • CPL Thomas E. Kingsley, Toledo, OH
  • CPL Robert P. Martin, Indiana, PA
  • CPL Rick E. McFarland, Dunkirk, IN
  • PFC Vernon G. Love, Oklahoma City, OK

They are remembered by their brothers on the
5th Cavalry site

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a childhood friend,
Molly Messinger Ridgley

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Aug 2002
Last updated 10/03/2006