THOMAS FRANK PRESBY
Born on Dec. 24, 1946
From SUNLAND, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on July 24, 1966
in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
9E - - Line 71
(Picture courtesy of high school friend, Chet Diestel)
Thomas Presby served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines,
India Company. He was Killed In Action during Operation HASTINGS.
His name stands proud on the India 3/5 Wall of
Honor alongside the Marines he fought and died with. Semper
fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.
(Picture courtesy of Dick Weber, I/3/5)
Been 36 Years
Tom, it is 36 years ago today that you were killed. I know all the
who, what, when, where and how of all that happened those last minutes
of your life. Joe Holt and Jerry Richardson helped me with those things.
But I will always be left with that last "W" Why?
unanswered. So, you have some tall explaining to do to me when
we finally get together in the next life. The Moving Wall is coming
to town this weekend, so I will be out to see you for a visit
first time since I was in Washington, D.C., last August. I wrote my
weekly column about you, Tom, and will post it here after while. And
before I cut, I better give you greetings from Sonny Swiercz and Brian
Park. Like me, they honor the memory of you and treasure the years
we had together.
me, you always remain the young man with the ready smile and the bright
mind and the love of animals that made you want to become a veterinarian.
Me: Ihave changed, grown older, perhaps wise. When finally we meet
and a friendhip is renewed, I hope you'll recognize me, Tom. But though
the years have passed and my life has taken many twists and turns,
one thing has already remained constant --- you have always been in
my thoughts and in my prayers. God rest and keep you, old friend.
High school buddy
to High School together
I remember the long bus rides and walks home from school. You wanted
to be a veterinarian, loved horses, kind of a cowboy. I heard a bouncing
betty got you. We miss you bud.