VIETNAM - TOMLINSON, EDGAR LEE

Tomlinson, Edgar Lee

VIETNAM - TOMLINSON, EDGAR LEE
TOMLINSON, EDGAR LEE

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 19-Aug-1949

Hometown: Williamstown, Kentucky

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 31-Aug-1966

Start of tour: 4-Jan-1968

Incident date: 12-Sep-1968

Date of casualty: 12-Sep-1968

Age at death: 19

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Edgar Lee Tomlinson died from wounds received while driver of military vehicle on combat operation when hostile mine detonated.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Williamstown Cemetery, Williamstown, Kentucky, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 44W 042 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS EDGAR LEE TOMLINSON
28 MARCH 1968
M COMPANY, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Tomlinson distinguished himself by valorous actions on 28 March 1968, while serving as a Tank Gun Loader with Company M, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment on a reconnaissance in force mission near Xom Bao, Vietnam. When his company came in heavy contact with a battalion of Viet Gong, the company commander received a severe head wound. Reacting instantly, Private Tomlinson administered first aid then climbed into the commander’s cupola and directed highly accurate .50 caliber machine gun fire against a group of insurgents who were trying to overrun the tank. After conveying the casualty to a medical evacuation site and braving heavy fire to load him on a helicopter, Private Tomlinson returned his tank to the thick of battle. Private First Class Tomlinson’s personal bravery and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 4694 (14 June 1968)

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