Brindley, Thomas Drew, 2ndLt Fallen
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0301-Basic Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Last Unit
1967-1968, 0301, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)/I Co
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Second Lieutenant


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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Saint Paul
Last Address
St Paul

Casualty Date
Jan 20, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Maplewood, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 83

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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Thank you Lt. for your service to this g... posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj 1712
Thank you Lt. for your service posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj 1712
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 Unit Assignments
Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)/III MAF26th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)
  1967-1968, 0301, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)/III MAF
  1967-1968, 0301, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)/I Co
 Colleges Attended
  1961-1965, Colorado College
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign/Operation Scotland
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  In Memoriam1
  "Faces behind the name"
  Combat Memorial
  May 15, 2015, General Photos1
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Third Marine Division (Reinforced) in the Republic of Vietnam on 20 January 1968. Lieutenant Brindley's unit was maneuvering toward Hill 881 near Khe Sanh when the lead elements suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire and sustained several casualties. Reacting instantly, he directed a heavy volume of fire against the enemy and moved his second squad to the point of heaviest contact. Despite the tall elephant grass which restricted movement, he effec- tively deployed and controlled his men, while suppressing the hostile fire sufficiently to enable the casualties to be taken from the area.

Quickly shifting his unit to the base of the hill, under covering fire, Lieutenant Brindley led an aggressive assault against the opposing force which was entrenched in well fortified positions supported by .50 caliber machine gun emplacements. Ignor- ing the fire impacting around him, he continuously moved among his men, encouraging them, controlling the squads and directing his unit's return fire. As the Marines reached the crest of the hill and overran the North Vietnamese positions, they again came under intense fire and suffered additional casualties. In an attempt to pinpoint the source of enemy fire, Lieutenant Brindley, while freely moving throughout the fire-swept area, was struck by hostile fire and fell mortally wounded.
By his inspiring leadership and unyielding devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming odds, he upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

For the President,

s/s Paul R. Ignatius
Secretary of the Navy
Honored to have fought under your command. India Co.,  3rd Platoon,  Machine Guns, Addison Cpl (Hill 881) 20 February 1968,   Semper Fi,  Lieutenant
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