SGT. Thomas Wayne Blakeslee, Vietnam War

In 1965, the United States officially entered the Vietnam War. American hubris and lack of good judgment defined the war. As a result of this, over 60,000 soldiers lost their lives. Seargent Thomas Wayne Blakeslee of Medina, OH, was one of these 60,000 who gave his life. His story mirrored thousands of young men all across the United States, who grew up in small, perfect little worlds only to be sent to their death in the jungles of an unfamiliar country. Blakeslee enlisted in 1967 and served with D Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. He was killed by small arms fire in 1968 in the Quang Tri province of Vietnam. He earned an extensive collection of medals before his death however, some including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, among others. In fact, the Bronze Star of Valor is the fourth highest individual achievement that the military awards its personnel. His story is the story of many and can not be lost to time.

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Steve Benton from Thomas' platoon explains his opinion of Tom. Quote from comment section of Veteran Memorial Fund.
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