Last Known Activity Working with "Together We Served" Military Site.
Thomas M. Hackler Sr., 66, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2011, at Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born on April 10, 1945, in Sparta, Tennessee the son of the late Charlie M. and Francis E. (Revell) Hackler. He married the former Cheryl Gardner on June 6, 1966, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter and son in law: Vielka and Jerry Wilcox of Minneapolis, Minnesota, two sons and a daughter in law: Thomas and Tina Hackler Jr. of East Alton, Illinois, David Hackler and his partner: Mike Volkenant of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, six grandchildren: Luke and Katrina Schlusser, Lori Jo, Mary, Tommy, and Ben Hackler, one great granddaughter: Ella, one sister and brother in law: Amy and Ricky Puckett of Jonesboro, Georgia, one brother: Joe Hackler of Athens, Tennessee.
He retired from the United States Army after serving for 20 years. He served three tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam earning a Silver Star and three Bronze Stars. He taught JROTC at Cretin High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a member of the Bethalto American Legion Post #214 and the Wood River VFW Post #2859. He was the Memorial Team Leader and the Historian specializing in Vietnam era profiles for togetherweserved.com.
He was preceded in death by three sisters: Patsy, Betty Jean, Helen, four brothers: Calvin, Buford, Chuck, and Randy.
In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be from 12pm until time of memorial services at 2pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Full military honors will be conducted by the Ritual Team of VFW Post 1308 of Alton.
Memorials are suggested to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. All memorials that are accepted will be given to togetherweserved.com in remembrance of him. Memorials in his name may be mailed to Pitchford Funeral Home, P.O. Box 626, Wood River, Illinois 62095.
Other Comments: I was in the Infantry For 17 years and went to the Artillery as a 13F40
and made 1SG. Two tours in Viet Nam.
Mac- V Team 99 '' 25 th ARVN Recon
operations (ones I Know of). Ben Luc, Luong- Hoa, Duc. - Hoa, Chi,Tan My, Tay Ninh, Doc Hoa 3d Corp , Chu Chi, and Dong Ha (DMZ) Quang Tri
Laos Border, Rubber Plantation
Hill 151 (LZ Chloe)
23d Americal E Co. 2d Bn 1st Inf. 196th LIB. / 11th LIB DMZ to Da Nang
EOD School 23d Americal Div. 120 hours
Vietnamese language School Ft Bliss TX.
First Sergeant School Ft Bliss TX. Class 5-83
I have had a very Good Life. (Not done yet). The Best of my Life was being Military
working with good Troopers and having good Leadership that
maded me Strong. People I will never forget.
I Salute you and say ''Thank you. Job well DONE.
2d Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment Lineage Constituted 3 March 1791 in the Regular Army as a company of the 2d Infantry
Organized in March 1791 in New England
Redesignated in 1792 as a company of the Infantry of the 2d Sub-Legion
Redesignated 31 October 1796 as a company of the 2d Infantry
Consolidated May-October 1815 with a company each of the 3d and 7th Infantry (both constituted 12 April 1808) and a company of the 44th Infantry (constituted 29 January 1813) to form a company of the 1st Infantry
Designated 21 August 1816 as Company B, 1st Infantry
Consolidated in April 1869 with Company B, 43d Infantry, Veteran Reserve Corps (constituted 21 September 1866), and consolidated unit designated as Company B, 1st Infantry (1st Infantry assigned 11 September 1918 to the 13th Division; relieved 8 March 1919 from assignment to the 13th Division; assigned 27 July 1921 to the 2d Division; relieved 16 October 1939 from assignment to the 2d Division and assigned to the 6th Division [later redesignated as the 6th Infantry Division])
Inactivated 10 January 1949 in Korea
Activated 4 October 1950 at Fort Ord, California (1st Infantry relieved 3 April 1956 from assignment to the 6th Infantry Division; assigned 15 May 1956 to the United States Military Academy)
Inactivated 15 May 1958 at West Point, New York, relieved from assignment to the United States Military Academy, and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battle Group, 1st Infantry (organic elements concurrently constituted) Battle Group assigned 17 March 1958 to the 2d Infantry Division
Activated 14 June 1958 at Fort Benning, Georgia
Inactivated 10 May 1963 at Fort Benning, Georgia, and relieved from assignment to the 2d Infantry Division
Redesignated 10 September 1965 as the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry, and assigned to the 196th Infantry Brigade
Activated 15 September 1965 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts
Relieved 15 February 1969 from assignment to the 196th Infantry Brigade and assigned to the 23d Infantry Division
Relieved 1 November 1971 from assignment to the 23d Infantry Division and assigned to the 196th Infantry Brigade
Relieved 21 July 1972 from assignment to the 196th Infantry Brigade and assigned to the 9th Infantry Division
Relieved 16 February 1991 from assignment to the 9th Infantry Division and assigned to the 199th Infantry Brigade
Inactivated 14 January 1994 at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and relieved from assignment to the 199th Infantry Brigade
Assigned 16 December 1995 to the 6th Infantry Division and activated at Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Relieved 16 April 1998 from assignment to the 6th Infantry Division and assigned to the 172d Infantry Brigade [later redesignated as the 172d Infantry Brigade Combat Team]
Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
Inactivated 16 December 2006 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and relieved from assignment to the 172d Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Assigned 17 April 2007 to the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Lewis, Washington 2d Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment Honors CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT
War of 1812: Canada; Lundy's Lane; *New Orleans; *Alabama 1814; *Florida 1814; Alabama 1815; *Louisiana 1815
Mexican War: Monterey; Vera Cruz
Civil War: *Mississippi River; *Vicksburg; *Missouri 1861; Texas 1861; *Mississippi 1862
Indian Wars: *Miami; Creeks; *Seminoles; *Black Hawk; Apaches; *Pine Ridge; Texas 1850
War with Spain: *Santiago Philippine Insurrection: *Samar 1901
World War II: *New Guinea (with arrowhead); *Luzon (with arrowhead)
Vietnam: *Counteroffensive, Phase II; *Counteroffensive, Phase III; *Tet Counteroffensive; *Counteroffensive, Phase IV; *Counteroffensive, Phase V; *Counteroffensive, Phase VI; *Tet 69/Counteroffensive; *Summer-Fall 1969; *Winter-Spring 1970; *Sanctuary Counteroffensive; *Counteroffensive, Phase VII; *Consolidation I; *Consolidation II; *Cease-Fire
War on Terrorism: Campaigns to be determined
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for MAFFIN BAY
*Valorous Unit Award for QUANG TIN PROVINCE
*Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945
*Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1969
*Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1969-1970
*Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1971
Company A additionally entitled to: Valorous Unit Award for TAM KY - TIEN PHUOC