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Born on July 8, 1948
Casualty was on Jan. 31, 1968

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Thomas Jacob Torrington

LCpl. Thomas Jacob Torrington served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, India Company. He was Killed In Action during the TET Offensive of 1968 during a battle the I/3/5 Marines call Operation ALAMO. His name stands proudly on the India 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.

A Marine's Marine

Thomas (we called him TJ) was my section leader (guns) when I arrived in the Nam 10/67. My first firefight was a day later, and at that time I found out that TJ was a "Marine's" Marine. We were on patrol walking through a cemetary and came under heavy enemy fire. Everyone hit the deck, then TJ (with M-60 machinegun in hand) stood up and started charging the enemy position (we followed).

TJ was a natural leader, and one of the bravest Marines I ever saw. Until the time God took TJ to be with him, TJ was the same brave Marine on all operations. TJ was killed on "The Alamo." After TJ died I became section leader, and found out just how hard TJ`s job was. It was an honor to have known Thomas J. Torrington. He is missed, and will never be forgotten. Semper Fi, Marine.

Section Leader (Guns) India 3/5, 1967-1968
Cpl. Rodney S. Johnson (Bones)

We were in Boot Camp together

I remember Tom from platoon 1002 at PI. He was the classic recruiting poster Marine. I am proud to have known him for a few months as we went thru Parris Island. I cherish his memory. Vincent R. Mariani


Hi, Tommy, I was speaking with a fellow school mate from St. Peter & Pauls yesterday and we were reminiscing about the good old days. We were in Ron's class of '61. He mentioned your name and said he had visited you at The Wall. I just wanted to let you know that your fellow soldiers will always remember you. You will never be forgotten.
Your friend,
Bill Deffenbaugh
Long Binh '70

High School Mate and Fellow Marine

YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART. You are one of America's Finest and Bravest Sons. It is a lifetime honor for me to call you my friend and fellow Marine. I think of and pray for you every day of my life. God Bless and Keep You. Your Buddy, Floyd Dawson, USMC


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