Tommy Lee Stephens

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
02 April 1947 - 17 March 1968
Kennewick, Washington
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Tommy L Stephens

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Tommy Lee Stephens

04 Nov 1999


by his cousin,
Alan Stephens
Chief Petty Officer, U S Navy (Ret)
07 May 2004

Tri-City Marine Dies in Vietnam. Marine Lance Corporal Tommy L. Stephens of Kennewick died Sunday in a hospital at Da Nang, South Vietnam. Two days earlier he received gunshot wounds while on patrol. He is the 13th Tri-Citian to be killed in the Vietnam War. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl B. Stephens, 7121 W. Arrowhead Ave., Kennewick, he had been overseas nine months. Stephens graduated from Kennewick High School in 1965. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Richland. He entered the service 12 Nov 1965, and was a member of Co. B, 1st Bn., 7th Marines. Surviving besides his parents are three sisters, Jeannine, Janice and Carla. His maternal grandmother is Ina New, Norcatur KS. He was born 2 Apr 1947, in Walla Walla. He had lived in the Tri Cities since 1951. Time for the funeral services will be set when the Marine's body arrives from overseas. Einan's Funeral Home has charge.

(Tri-City Herald, Pasco WA, 20 Mar 1968)
Funeral announcement:
Burial in Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick WA
(Tri-City Herald, Pasco WA)

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On 15 March 1968 elements of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, were operating in "Happy Valley", a dozen miles southwest of Danang. The area was a hotbed of NVA and VC activity and, as the name implies, characterized by jungle-covered mountains. Over a four-day period - 15 to 18 March - the Battalion lost 17 Marines and one sailor to enemy action:
  • 15 March:
    • LCpl Douglas R. Mohrmann, Buzzards Bay, MA
    • LCpl Tommy L. Stephens, Kennewick, WA (WIA 3/15; DoW 03/17/1968)

  • 16 March:
    • Pfc Edward J. Ariaz, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc Kenneth R. Wells, Portsmouth, VA

  • 17 March:
    • 2ndLt George W. Coleman, Wildwood Crest, NJ (Silver Star)
    • Cpl John Foldvary, Lincoln Park, MI
    • Cpl John J. Harris, Iola, KS
    • Cpl David L. Lipscomb, Richmond, VA
    • HN George F. Myrick, Los Angeles, CA
    • Pfc Robert B. Cannon, Bellbrook, OH
    • Pfc Carl E. Garza, Refugio, TX
    • Pfc Donald C. McNac, Cantonment, FL
    • Pfc David H. Mealy, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Pfc Larry J. Rodgers, Ranger, TX (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Allen P. Sheehan, Muttontown, NY
    • Pfc James Witt, Bayonne, NJ

  • 18 March:
    • LCpl Billy R. Bowen, Bonham, TX
    • Pfc Sydney Parks, Columbus, OH

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