Hackler, Thomas M., Sr., 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
13Z-Field Artillery Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1983-1984, 11Z50, HHB, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment
Service Years
1964 - 1984
Foreign Language(s)

First Sergeant

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Four Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MAJ Mark E Cooper to remember Hackler, Thomas M., Sr. (Hack-Attack), 1SG USA(Ret).

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Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Dec 26, 2011
Location of Interment
Fairview Memorial Gardens - Stockbridge, Georgia
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 Official Badges 

I Corps US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) Career Counselor Infantry Shoulder Cord

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired (Post-2007) French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Recon Artillery Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Veterans of the Vietnam WarN/APost 5146, Mc Minn County Memorial PostAmerican Legion
TWS Honor Roll
  1984, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]
  2004, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2008, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 5146, Mc Minn County Memorial Post (National President) (Athens, Tennessee) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, TWS Honor Roll

 Additional Information
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.
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Recoilless Rifle
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, 4th Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Gordon, GA), B/41
  1964, 8th Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Gordon, GA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Army4th Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment1st Battalion, 48th Infantry (DLI-SC) Vietnamese Language Course
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV11th Infantry 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mech)82nd Airborne Division
1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team11th Infantry Brigade (Light)23rd Infantry Division (Americal)Division Artillery (DIVARTY) 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry EOD Course 23rd Infantry Division, Vietnam196th Infantry Brigade (Light) 1st (Tiger) Brigade, 2nd Armored Division
1st Battalion, 50th Infantry 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry U.S. Army1st Battalion, 28th Infantry
HHC, 1st Infantry Division (Forward)2nd Battalion, 81st Field Artillery Regiment1st Brigade, 8th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment
  1964-1964, 112.0, 3rd Army
  1964-1966, 112.6, A Company, 4th Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1967, 11C20, A Company, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry
  1968-1968, 11C20, (DLI-SC) Vietnamese Language Course
  1968-1969, 11C20, MACV Advisory Team 99
  1969-1970, 11C20, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry
  1969-1970, 11C20, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mech)
  1970-1970, 11H10, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1970-1970, 11C20, 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team
  1970-1971, 11C20, HHC, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1970-1971, 11C20, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1970-1971, 11C10, Division Artillery (DIVARTY) 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1971-1971, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry
  1971-1971, 13Z, EOD Course 23rd Infantry Division, Vietnam
  1971-1972, 11C20, HHC, 196th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1972-1974, 11C20, 1st (Tiger) Brigade, 2nd Armored Division
  1972-1974, 11C20, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry
  1974-1977, 11C20, CSC, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1975-1975, Army Station Commander Recruiting Course
  1977-1978, 11C20, HHC, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry
  1978-1979, 13F10, HHC, 1st Infantry Division (Forward)
  1980-1981, 13F10, HHB, 2nd Battalion, 81st Field Artillery Regiment
  1980-1981, 13F10, Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 81st Field Artillery Regiment
  1980-1981, 13F10, 1st Brigade, 8th Infantry Division
  1981-1982, 13F10, HHB, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment
  1981-1982, 13F10, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery
  1982-1982, 13F10, HHB, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment
  1982-1982, 13Z, First Sergeant Course
  1982-1983, 13Z, Service Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment
  1983-1984, 11Z50, HHB, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)1
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
  1971-1972 Vietnam War/Consolidation II Campaign (1971-72)
 Reflections on Service
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 Colleges Attended 
Central Texas CollegeKansas State University
  1976-1979, Central Texas College
  1982-1984, Kansas State University
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  Cheri's Birthday 20096
  My Unkle Thomas P Revell1
  May 21, 1976, Career Counseling1
  Jan 01, 1984, Retired
  Sep 02, 1985, JROTC
  Jul 25, 2008, The Family110
  Sep 06, 2008, Viet Nam Moving Wall Sep 6, 2008 Marion IL17
  Sep 13, 2008, 24 years after Retirement7
  Nov 16, 2008, Gravefinders4
  Apr 17, 2009, Ace is The Place19
  Apr 26, 2009, Around the Home''Keeping it Clean6
  May 19, 2009, Tom working on Yard8
  May 27, 2009, Get togather with James Vanhorn today5
  Jun 27, 2009, TWS First Reunion 200918
  Jul 05, 2009, Rosco Hanging in there''1
  Jul 24, 2009, Pictures from Viet Nam3
  Nov 07, 2009, Thomas Hackler Jr. and his Wife Tina1
  Jan 20, 2010, Jokes1
  Jul 06, 2010, Reunion with Pete Gould July 6, 20104
  Jan 26, 2018, General Photos1
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