Thomas Aloysius Lawless

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
07 April 1945 - 03 November 1966
Newark, New Jersey
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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In memory of my friend Tommy

We went to and graduated high school together then both went to Vietnam in 66. I still think of you often and I'm sure now that I always will. I think about when we were in school and all the good times we had there. I often think about you being in the stands at a basketball game and cheering for me and the other guys while we were playing. I smile when I think of that and cry still when I think of you being killed. I'm so sorry for what happened to you, Tommy. I don't know how I ever made it out of there and often wonder why I did and you didn't. I think too about what it was like for your family when they were told. I'm sure it was heart breaking for them as it is for me. How strange that all these years later I'm sitting here writing this memorial to you. I still have our year book and often look at our pictures because as difficult as it is I want to remember you in that way but my thoughts are always filled with Vietnam. You'll never be forgotten.

Your friend,
Michael Orlando

A Note from The Virtual Wall

SP4 Lawless was one of 13 US soldiers killed in the fighting at Dau Tieng on 03 Nov 1966:
  • B Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Inf Rgt
    • 2LT Dale A. Perkins, Oregon City, OR
    • SSG Donald T. Cassidy, Bellerose, NY
    • SP4 Robert L. Fowble, Greenville, OH
    • SP4 James M. Klink, New Paris, OH
    • SP4 Thomas A. Lawless, Newark, NJ
    • PFC Joel Fuller, Bogue Chitto, MS
    • PFC Ronald E. Hesson, Glenwood, WV
    • PFC John R. Johnson, Watertown, MA

  • C Co, 1st Bn, 27th Inf Rgt
    • CPT Frederick H. Henderson, West Point, NY
    • 1LT Clyde J. Perkins, Rolling Fork, MS
    • 1SG Samuel K. Solomon, Hawi, HI
    • SGT Randolph Davis, Greenville, MS
    • CPL Edgar H. Beasley, Hazlehurst, MS

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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