Chandler, Thomas Leroy, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
Service Years
1968 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Sergeant


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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1950
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Myrtle Beach
Last Address
Myrtle Beach

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Kontum (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery - Charlotte, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13W 050

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Gold Star


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 46th Infantry 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1969-1970, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry /D Company
  1969-1970, 11B10, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light) /HHC
  1969-1970, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 13W 050

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257 Fairmont Drive Murfreesboro TN 37129 USA
We Honor You
We honor and remember you on this Veteran's Day my dear brother. Rest in Peace. Love, Your sister Patti
Nov 11, 2011

 

Sharon Buckmaster
Friend
6509 J South Charter Road, Glen Burnie MD 21061 USA
We will surf in Heaven
Tommy and I met when he came home with my brother Bobby. He was so young and full of life. Viet Nam may have taken you to early. You have never been forgotten by me or Patty. I recently went to DC and I found your name. Love is always with you and your family. Some gave and some gave all. Blessed be the young men who gave so much. Blessing to the families of all the veterans. May God Bless you and yours forever.
Oct 22, 2011

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
Happy Birthday
Missing you and wishing you, a Happy Birthday.
Jun 9, 2010

 

mike marcum
combat friend
hey tc., thinking of you, on this day, looking, at the old radio, thinking of your family, also you got, some good sisters, keep walking point, at heavens gate, for someday we will meet, you there. love ya buddy, marcum.
May 31, 2010

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
A Promise Kept
Dear Tommy, We just wanted, you, to know, that the radio, has been returned, to Marcum. When Marcum and I became aquainted, he told me, about the radio and how you, had told him, if anything happened to you, the radio was, to be his. Unfortunately, the radio was shipped home, to mom, with your personal effects and we knew nothing, about your promise to Marcu, for many years. Once Marcum told me, about it, I felt such, a strong desire to see, that it was returned, to him, providing, it was even, still around. After talking with our sisters, I was happy, to find out the radio, was indeed still, around and Mom had kept it, all these years. I told Marcum, I would try, to get the radio back, to him, but knowing Mom, I couldn't promise it, anytime soon. As it happened, Mom is now, in a nursing home, with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia. Her memories, are fading and we lose, a little more of her, as time passes. The radio and all, of her personal belongings, were taken to Judy's some, months ago. After talking to Judy and Cathy we decided to get the radio back to Marcum. It now has been returned after all these years and I know he is so happy with it. I fear it no longer plays, but he keeps it on his mantle in the livingroom in a place of honor. He tells me he now feels a part of him has finally come home and his dear friend is a part of his life he will always cherish. As friends and family visit his home and see the old radio, they ask Marcum why it sits on his mantle. He tells them to have a seat and he'll tell them the story of the radio and the man it once belonged to. So the promise is kept, my dear brother and the radio is now in it's rightful home. Loving you and missing you, Your sister, Patti
Nov 3, 2009

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257 Fairmont Drive Murfreesboro TN 37129 US
Wonder at the Wall
WONDER AT THE WALL: Man meets sisters of vet who saved dad's life
Abbeville’s Jeff Ellis, left, recently had a chance meeting at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall with Cathy Marlowe, center, and Judy Hefner. Marlowe and Hefner are the sisters of Thomas Leroy Chandler, who was killed while on a mission with Ellis’ father, Jimmy, in Vietnam. (Contributed photo)
By CHRIS TRAINOR/ctrainor@indexjournal.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 9:15 AM EDT
On Feb. 19, 1970, a young Army staff sergeant named Thomas Leroy Chandler, known as “T.C.” to his friends, was shot while walking post on a mission in Vietnam.
On Feb. 23, 1970, he died as a result of the shooting.
Last month, a full 39 years after his death, two of Chandler’s sisters met a man — Abbeville’s Jeff Ellis — whose very existence would not have been possible if not for Chandler.
However, this was not a regular, planned meeting at a predetermined location, but rather a completely chance encounter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, on Memorial Day weekend, nonetheless.
Ellis discussed his meeting with Chandler’s sisters, Cathy Marlowe and Judy Hefner, and the encounter’s significance.
Ellis and two friends, Robert Johnson and Bill Cobb, traveled on Memorial Day weekend to Washington for Rolling Thunder, an annual motorcycle rally in the nation’s capital to raise awareness for soldiers who were prisoners of war or who were missing in action.
Ellis said he went to the wall with the express purpose of viewing Chandler’s name.
“My father (Abbeville’s Jimmy Ellis) was in recon in the Army and was supposed to walk point that day (Feb. 19, 1970) in Vietnam,” Ellis said.
“Thomas told my dad he would walk point that day for him. He just volunteered to take his point. When they got into (their mission) a little bit, they got into an ambush and Thomas was killed.
“I look at that as, if Thomas hadn’t volunteered that day, I wouldn’t be here today, because I wasn’t born until after my dad got back from Vietnam. That’s why I always keep Thomas’ name in my mind and in my heart.”
Ellis said that on his recent visit to the wall, he set out to find Chandler’s name and trace it onto a piece of paper with a pencil.
“We were going down the list, trying to find his name,” Ellis said. “(Cobb) said ‘What was that name again?’ I said ‘Thomas Chandler.’ He said, ‘Well, those ladies are tracing it off right now.’”
It was then that Ellis met Chandler’s sisters, Marlowe and Hefner. It was a meeting Marlowe said she had been praying for.
“The whole way up to Washington, I kept telling my sister that it would be so nice to meet someone in front of Tommy’s name that knew him,” said Marlowe, who lives in North Carolina. “That would make it so worth it.”
Hefner said that as they were at the wall tracing Chandler’s name off, they heard Ellis and his friends calling Chandler by his nickname, “T.C.,” and realized the men were talking about their brother.
“We were down there and we were tracing his name off of the wall,” said Hefner, also of North Carolina. “Someone was standing behind us. Well, it was Jeff, but we didn’t know him at the time. But we heard him say ‘T.C.’ That’s what my brother was called in his platoon.
“My sister Cathy turned around and it was like she was going to pass out. She said, ‘Did you hear that?’ Jeff asked how we knew T.C., and we told him ‘we’re his sisters, Judy and Cathy.’ He told us right then that, if it hadn’t been for our brother, he wouldn’t be here.”
Ellis said tears soon started to flow.
“It was so emotional,” Ellis said. “I was tearing up. They were crying. We hugged, and I had goose bumps on my arms and the hair on the back of my neck was standing up. It was amazing to run into people who were kin to the man who pretty much saved my father’s life.”
Marlowe said her conversation with Jeff Ellis quickly turned to the relationship between Chandler and Jimmy Ellis.
“Jeff said his dad had just recently started to talk about T.C., because he felt like (Chandler’s death) was his fault,” Marlowe said. “I told him that it was no one’s fault. It was meant to be. When one door closes, another one opens. I told Jeff that, because my brother left, you were born. You can’t blame anyone.”
Ellis exchanged numbers and other contact information with Chandler’s sisters and said he hopes they can continue to develop a relationship.
“I’m hoping to have a relationship with these ladies, and I hope that my life can be some small consolation to them,” Ellis said.
“I want them to meet my kids and my family, and maybe they will see that something decent came out of T.C.’s death.”
Jun 15, 2009

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257 Fairmont Drive Murfreesboro TN 37129 USA
I REMEMBER
MEMORIAL DAY, 2009..... I REMEMBER
May 25, 2009

 

Tommy Threatt
Friend
PO., BOX, 9012, N., Myrtle Beach, S.C., 29582, USA
I was at the wall, a few weeks ago, looking up some fellow veterans, I served with in Nam. happen, to remember, Tommy and found his name, knew Tommy, for a short while, but always thought a lot, of him, he along with the rest, of my Nam buddies will, never be forgotten, for they gave the ultimate, sacrifice.
Nov 1, 2008

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
Happy Birthday

Fond memories, of happier times.
Happy Birthday, my beloved brother. As always, you are, in my thoughts and prayers, this day. Missing you, so much and knowing time, is ever moving forward, to the time, we are reunited, as a family. In loving memory, Your sister, Patti.
Jun 9, 2008

 

Dottie Robbins
cousin
1559, North, Esat, 10th, Avenue, Payette, Idaho, 83661, U.S.A.
Happy Birthday, Tommy
Happy Birthday Tommy, long ago, we ran and played, hide and seek, baseball, tag and whatever else, we could think of, it seems like another time, when we were, young and care free. Your smiling face is missed, by all, can't tell you how proud, we all are of you, for all you have done, to keep us, FREE. I only hope, that one day, we can run and play again, in the house, of our Lord, untill then know you, might be gone, from our sight, but never from our hearts. Love your cousin, Dottie Gail.
Jun 9, 2008
Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
Thinking of you, on this Memorial Day, 2008
Another Memorial Day, is here and you are, in my thoughts and prayers. In Loving Memory, Your sister, Patti.
May 26, 2008

 

Manuel Pino B/2/8th Cav 68-69
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
D/1/46th Inf Rgt,198th Inf Bde

~TREASURE THIS HERO LORD, IN YOUR GARDEN OF REST, FOR WHILE HERE ON EARTH, HE WAS ONE OF OUR BEST~
Mar 27, 2008

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
38, Years Ago, Today
Its been 38, years today, since we lost you. You are always, on our minds and in our hearts. The time goes by, but your loss, is as fresh today, as it was then. Rest in Peace, my beloved brother, our family will be reunited, again someday. Until then you remain ever, in our hearts and prayers. I love you, Patti.
Feb 23, 2008

 

Patricia Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
Happy Birthday
You would have been 57, today, if you, had lived. We all miss you, as much today, as the day, you left us. In loving memory, Your sister, Patti.
Jun 9, 2007

 

L Jendro
Thank you for your service.
I pray for those in service for our country and for the families they leave behind. On the anniversary of your death and with memories of Vietnam in my memory, I say thank you. Thank you for serving for my children, one of whom is also in the military at this time. God bless you and yours.
Feb 23, 2007

 

manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Feb 23, 2007

 

MIKE MARCUM

FELLOW GRUNT
607, MANCHESTER AVE., MIDDLESBORO, KY., 40965, USA
THE RADIO
TC TO A CLOSE FRIEND, GREAT SOILDER, WALKED POINT TOGETHER, BUNKED, ON LZ., PRO, NO GREATER LOVE, HAS A MAN, THAN TO LAY DOWN, HIS LIFE FOR ANOTHER, TOMMY, YOU LEFT US WAY, TO EARLY WE THOUGHT, EVERYTHING WOULD BE OK, GOD HAD OTHER PLANS ,SO THAT'S OK, WE WILL WALK POINT TOGETHER, ANOTHER DAY, YOUR FRIEND, FELLOW GRUNT, MARCUM.
Jan 9, 2007

 

Patti Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Dr., Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
IF TEARS COULD BUILD, A STAIRWAY
If tears could, build a stairway.
And memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken.
No time to say Goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness
And secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
To mourn for you no more.
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten
I pledge to you today
A hollowed place within my heart
Is where you'll always stay.
Sep 22, 2006

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
My Brother

Our time together, was to short, but the memories, are still alive. My tears still fall, freely and I cannot, control my emotions, whenever we talk, of you. You were our only, brother and the three of us, still miss you, so much. Time is supposed, to heal wounds, of the heart, but these wounds, do not heal the hurt, never goes away and the bewilderment, I feel at your loss, is as fresh today, as it was the day, we learned, of your death. We know, you are in a better, place and we will one day, be reunited, with you. as the old song goes: "The Circle Will, Not Be Broken." I remember, so well the first day, I stood, at the Wall and traced your name, with my trembling fingers, as tears flowed so freely, with my rememberance, of you and sadness, that you were no longer, with us. I love you, lil brother. In loving rememberance, of your young life, I'll always keep sacred, the song: "All Gave Some, Some Gave All. Thank you, for your sacrifice, to freedom. Your Sister, Patti
Monday, June 05, 2006

 

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Dr., Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
Jim, thank you so much, for the pictures, of my brother.


Heart felt thanks, for the pictures. We have so few, of Tommy.
Monday, June 12, 2006

Patti Chandler-Palczewski
Sister
257, Fairmont Drive, Murfreesboro, TN., 37129, USA
Thank You
A personl thank you, to Clyde Cluesman who went, from Germany, to Vietnam, with Tommy. Thank you, for sharing your friendship, of my brother, with me and thank you, from the bottom, of my heart, for the gift, of laughter and smiles, as you shared your memories, with me. Lastly thank you, for being, his friend. Best Regards, Patti
Friday, June 16, 2006

 

CLYDE CLUESMAN
BEST FRIEND, FROM GERMANY, TO NAM
2939, BEAR CREEK RD., BYBEE, TN., 37713, USA
STILL MISSING, MY BEST FRIEND
TOMMY WAS, THE BEST FRIEND, I HAD. WE WENT TO NAM, TOGETHER AND WERE ASSIGNED, TO DIFFERENT UNITS. WE PLANNED ON DRIVING, ACROSS THE U.S.A., WHEN WE RETURNED. I CAME BACK, TO BASE CAMP, DOWN SOUTH AND PICKED UP A COPY, OF TARS AND STRIPES AND THERE IT WAS, HE HAD BEEN KIA.. I HAVE PTSD. AND DREAMED, ABOUT MY FRIEND, FOR YEARS. I FINALLY MADE PEACE, WITH MY GOOD FRIEND YEARS, AFTER HIS DEATH AND NOW I SEE, TWO YOUNG BOYS, GETTING INTO EVERTHING, WE COULD TO GET, A LAUGH.
Saturday, February 23, 2002

 

Catherine Marlowe
Sister
10, Tater town rd., Nebo, NC., 28761, USA
My Brother, My Best Friend

My only brother, my hero and my best friend. I lost you so many, years ago. All the memories and all the good times, we spent together are always, with me. So may years, we lost, of precious memories and times, time stolen from both, of us. So many questions, still haunt my mind, who, was with you, I would like, to know. If anyone knew my brother, I would like, to know. Thank you, for bringing him, home. My heart and prayers go out, to all of you, who are gone, but not forgotten and to all of you, who still remain. Love always, Tommy's little sister.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006

 

MCM - A Grateful American
In memory of Thomas, who made the ultimate sacrifice, to preserve the freedom, that we so often, take for granted. Rest In Peace. You have not, been forgotten. My daughter was born, on the day, that you died. I will do my best, to make sure, that she and her children understand, what that conflict, was about and why, so many young, men and women died. Thank you, for your service.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
   
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