Hartman, Thomas Joseph, SGT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1969-1969, 4th Infantry Division
Service Years
1968 - 1969
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Cold War Certificate



Sergeant


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1948
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Phoenixville
Last Address
Phoenixville

Casualty Date
Nov 18, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Pleiku
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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16W 093

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Infantry Shoulder Cord 4th Infantry Division


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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
Non Commissioned Officers Candidate Course, Fort Benning (NCOCC)2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment4th Infantry Division
  1968-1969, Non Commissioned Officers Candidate Course, Fort Benning (NCOCC)
  1969-1969, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1969-1969, 4th Infantry Division
 Colleges Attended 
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  1967-1968, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1969 Cold War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star
The Silver Star Medal

SGT Thomas Joseph Hartman
Company C, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Hartman distinguished himself while serving as a Squad Leader with Company C, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. On 18 November 1969, Sergeant Hartman's unit was conducting a sweep operation north of Plei Mrong when they were engaged by a large enemy force. Reacting immediately, Sergeant Hartman directed his armored personnel carrier to an advantageous fighting position. He then manned his vehicle's 50 caliber machine gun and placed a heavy volume of fire on the enemy positions. He continued to fire on the enemy until he was mortally wounded by an enemy B-40 rocket. Sergeant Hartman's courageous action, professionalism and exemplary 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.
   
Comments/Citation
Tom was a NCOC grad with me in class 3369. We also served together in the 2nd Bn. 8 Inf Reg, 4th Div. He earned the Silver Star on Nov.18,1969 at a place called Plei Mrong.
Posted by: Stan Silva
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 1969
SERGEANT KILLED, '66 GRADUATE OF PHOENIXVILLE

A 21-year-old Army sergeant from Phoenixville has been killed in Vietnam combat, it was reported Friday by the Defense Department.
Sgt. Thomas J. Hartman, son of Mrs. Ruth N. Hartman of 345 Washington ave., was killed on Nov. 18 during an encounter with enemy forces.
He was a squad leader with the 2d Battalion, 8th Mechanized Infantry, attached to the 4th Division in the central highlands of Vietnam.
He arrived in Vietnam Sept 15 after graduating from NCO school at Fort Benning, Ga.
He seldom mentioned the war in letters to his family and never complained, his brother, Edwin, said.
A 1966 graduate of Phoenixville High School, he was a member of the National; Honor Society and the Key and Varsity Clubs.
He attended Pennsylvania State University for a year and worked as a lathe operator in King of Prussia before being drafted in September 1968.
Survivors in addition to his mother and brother, include a sister, Marjorie.
   
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