Thomas Patrick RowlandLance Corporal
VMO-2, MAG-16, 1ST MAW, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
11 February 1942 - 28 October 1965
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Tom and I were in boot camp together at San Diego. We were in platoon 307. We joined the Marines in January of 1964.
I did not know Tom before this but I soon came to respect and like him. I think of him often and still remember the song he wrote while we were at the Camp Matthews rifle range: "Marines Fight Battles All Over the World".
Tom was early recognized as a leader. He was meritoriously promoted to PFC at the end of boot camp.
Tom was the only Marine from platoon 307 to be killed in action in Vietnam. Rest in peace, brother. Semper Fidelis
From a friend,
A Note from The Virtual WallShortly after midnight on the night of 27/28 Oct 1965 a Viet Cong sapper unit consisting of 35-40 men attacked the Navy/Marine Corps facility at Marble Mountain just south of Danang. The sappers penetrated the base perimeter under cover of a mortar barrage on the airfield and the adjacent SeaBee complex. Once inside the perimeter, the sappers broke into small teams which targeted aircraft, facilities, and personnel. The Marines responded violently, with individual firefights throughout the area. The attackers succeeded in killing four Americans, wounding two dozen others, and damaging a number of aircraft beyond repair - but there were very few survivors amongst the sappers.
The four Americans were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 04 Oct 2006
Last updated 10/17/2006