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

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Home Town
Saint Paul
Last Address
St Paul

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

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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
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  1961-1965, Colorado College
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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously to

SECOND LIEUTENANT THOMAS D. BRINDLEY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

 
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
   
Comments/Citation
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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