Blades, Thomas Nelson, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
Service Years
1960 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

Two Service Stripes

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 03, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Spring Hill Cemetery - Easton, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
61W 020

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st  Brigade, 6th Infantry Division 198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1968-1968, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 6th Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 11B10, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 61W 020

shelley blades
10420, longwoods rd., easton, md., 21601, USA
proud, of my dad... but truly missing him, more each day!!
dad... what, can i say, to a man, i really never, got to know, but truly miss and love, with all my heart. i have heard, all the stories, about you and my uncles, growing up and i think, hhmm, that's why tommy, and i were so onery!! but mom has done, very good.. you would be proud, of her as i am.. as you know, you have a beautiful grandson.. the day your grand daughter, michelle, got married.. i cried of course, wanting you, to be there with us.. i knew, you were there, watching, but just wasn't the same... you have 2, grandsons, eric and kyle, which are, the apple of my eyes, too.. we miss you, dad, always have and always will.. tomorrow, june 3rd, will be 41, yrs., since you were taken, from us. you know, it gets harder every year. I love you, dad and we all miss you, very much, but we all will, be together one day. until then dad........ love you, your daughter, shelley
Jun 2, 2009

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!!!
Jun 3, 2008

Mike Blades
Cousin (Once Removed)
P.O. Box 81
Glenville, PA 17329 USA
Howdy Thomas We've never met, but you are a first cousin to my father, John R. (Which makes us cousins). I never had the pleasure of knowing you, as I was born 16 months after you had died but I'm sure that we would have been great friends. You probably already know this, but we come from a long line of patriotic individuals dating back to at least the American Revolutionary War. All gave something in fighting for what they believed in and all were prepared to sacrifice everything some, yourself included, have! I also wanted to let know that your efforts did not go unnoticed and I appreciate the sacrifice you made for me, our family, and our country we thank you with all of our hearts!
Sunday, June 04, 2000

We can only imagine, what you must have felt, when you arrived, in Vietnam Sarge. (hell) We can only imagine, what went, thru your mind. We can only imagine, when you stared, at death right, in the eye. You went, you conquered and you made, the ultimate sacrifice, you gave your life, for all of us, to give us a chance, to be a son, brother, grandson, husband and a grandfather and enjoy our freedom, you gave it, all, for us. For this courage, we thank you, sir. Some, of your war colleges, came back physically, but their soul, stayed in Vietnam, they live amongst us, but our government, forgot about them. They are still dying, a slow death, due, to Vietnam related casualties. "SHAME, IS A COUNTRY, THAT DOESN'T HAVE HERO'S, BUT SHAMEFUL, IS A COUNTRY, THAT HAS THEM AND FORGETS THEM!" I would like, to shake, your hand, when I see, you, in heaven, for you, are only a step ahead, of us. You were among, the chosen few that God, of your family. GOD SAVE, OUR TROOPS AND ENJOY, YOUR FREEDOM!
Friday, February 04, 2005

Kimberly Kimmel-Ober
Encinitas, California, United States, of America
For SSGT/E-6, Thomas Blades and all those, who knew him and loved him, I just want to say, thank you, for your dedication and sacrifice! Please know, that you have, not been forgotten and always, will hold a special place, in my heart! It would have been nice, to have known, you, as a person and I greatly, appreciate your service! I just wish, you, did not, have to pay, so high, a price! You forever will, be a hero, in my eyes!
Monday, November 19, 2001

Jackie Taylor
Grateful American
You, Sir, Have Not, Been Forgotten!

I had, the opportunity to visit, The Vietnam Memorial Wall, in Washington DC.. As I searched and found, the names of my friends, classmates, neighbors, etched, into the smooth, black face, of the Wall, an extraordinary, outpouring of emotion, became so strong. I was so overwhelmed, with sorrow and pain, that I could not, hold back the tears, for those heroes and their families, who lost so much. Though, my visit to the Wall, was a few years ago, I feel that I left a piece, of my heart there. To honor, those who died, in the Vietnam War and to say thank you, I created a small tribute, to those heroes. Please click, on the link above, to view, memorial website.
Friday, May 14, 2004

Melvin Marshall, Sr
classmate, friend
4152 Woodtrail Blvd
New Port Richey, FL 34653 USA
Remembering when we were kids growing up.
Tommy, I will always remember you as a great friend. It was just the little things that you would do to help that make me remember you. It was like yesterday, but it has been almost 50 years, we were in the 4-H Club (made up mostly of brothers Blades, Bryan and Marshall) Since those days, I retired from the Easton Md Police Dept and moved to Fl. While I was in Easton, I met a young man as soon as I saw him I knew who it was. It was your son Tommy. You would be real proud of him. I haven't seen him in the past 18 or so years, but I'm sure he is doing well. I miss you and your brothers. Haven't seen them for a long long time. I'll see you someday but not too soon I hope:/) Your friend Melvin
Monday, March 13, 2006
The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for THOMAS NELSON BLADES:

Photo - Posted by
Rest in peace with the warriors.

We Remember - Posted by Robert Sage
Thomas is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Easton, MO. BSM PH

NEVER FORGOTTEN - Posted by Bill Nelson
FOREVER REMEMBERED "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance …

The Cousin I never met - Posted by Mike Blades
To the cousin I never met; Ever since I was a young boy, I've heard your name least a …

Your Niece Tammy - Posted by
Even though I dont remember you I always heard nothing but good things about I wish I could remember you …

From daddy's girl - Posted by shelley
Hi dad, I miss you...i miss you not being here to watch me and my brother grow up.Mom had it tough, but she …

Our hero. - Posted by Louise Glorioso
Tommy was my second cousin. His grandmother, my great grandmother, adored him. After he died in Vietnam, …

It is our duty to remember. - Posted by Jim Gerity
As one of the 1046 Marylanders who made the ultimate sacrifice we are honored to post your photograph. …

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