Fitzpatrick, Thomas M


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: B Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 17K – Ground Surveillance Radar Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 18-Dec-1947

Hometown: Euclid, Ohio

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 15-Feb-1968

Start of tour: 19-Jul-1968

Incident date: 18-Apr-1969

Date of casualty: 18-Apr-1969

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Thomas M.Fitzpatrick was killed while passenger on a military vehicle on combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Passenger on Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Nine Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 James Alexander Baka
SP4 Thomas M. Fitzpatrick
2LT Daniel Michael Leahy
SP5 Roy Francis Maas
SGT Don Jay McAtee
SP4 Robert Leroy Morgan Jr
SP4 Joseph Edward Morrow Jr
SP4 Donald William Noel
SP4 Ronald Eugene Pongratz

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 430 600

Place of interment: All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 27W 108 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)