Pilson, Thomas Victor


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: H Company, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct 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: Regular

Date of birth: 29-Aug-1942

Hometown: Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 17-Oct-1962

Start of tour: 25-Aug-1968

Incident date: 26-Feb-1969

Date of casualty: 26-Feb-1969

Age at death: 26

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Thomas Victor Pilson died from wounds received while commander of a military vehicle on a combat operation when engaged a hostile force in firefight. / Track commander on Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SSG Thomas Victor Pilson
SP5 Jimmie Ray Tice

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam, XT 821 431

Place of interment: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 31W 071 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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