PFC. THOMAS GORDON PRICE
Born on Sept. 15, 1947
From TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA
His tour of duty began on Nov. 21, 1968
Casualty was on Feb. 23, 1969
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
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Price, India Co. 3/7
Thomas Price served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, India Company.
His fellow Marines will never forget. Semper Fi, Brother Marines.
name is Phil Musta. I was with I 3/7 from JUL 68 to MAY 69. I remember
Price, we weren't close or anything, but I still can visualize what
he looks like. I recall that he was from Hawaii and that he had a
friend he hung around with that was Hawaiian, Kalakanne was his name,
but I probably spelled it wrong. I recall Price was a good Marine,
cleancut and quiet. It was a sad day for us when he left our Company.
I hope this is consoling. Semper Fidelis!~Phil
3/7 Marines Chester Kaliekini and Tom Price (right)
Tom Price (back) and Robert Fields
Going Away Party
Price was from Torrance, CA. He was a member of Bay Cities Surf Club
(Hermosa Beach), Magoos Car Club (Hermosa Beach), Bedouins Car Club
(Gardena), and was a black belt in karate trained at Chuck Norris
Karate School (Redondo Beach) before joining the Marine Corps. His
friends had a going away party for him before he left for Nam... three
months later we heard he was Killed In Action.
Car Club plaque, Tommy drove a '54 black Chevy
(Magoos Car Club plaque courtesy of Bill Junge, Magoos Car Club
Debbe and Marsha Hurst
Hello my dear friend. It's been 30
since I last heard your voice, or saw your smiling face.
Every Feb. 23, I wake up with a heaviness in my heart knowing
that was the day your young life ended.
A few weeks ago, I heard from some of your friends,
Jimmy Smith and Tom Smith,
Marines who were in with you in Vietnam.
They speak highly of you, and of your courage under fire.
I am so glad to have found them because for all these years,
I never knew what happened.
Now I know you were with some mighty fine
Marines from India Company 3/7.
I will never forget you, Tommy, nor will they.
God bless you forever.
on Surfin' Brother!
3/7 Memorial graphic by Vic Vilionis)
(Vietnam pictures of Tom Price from Jim LaChapelle, India 3/7)
(India 3/7 flag courtesy of George Sager)
(Background by Redeye)