Thomas Franklin Herkins
In Memory Of
June 26, 1947 - August 24, 1968
K.I.A. Binh Dinh, South Vietnam
A Co, 1st Bn, 50th Infantry, 173 Abn Bde
Army of the United States
26 June 1947 - 24 August 1968
Combat Infantry Badge
Bronze Star • Purple Heart • National Defense
Vietnam Service • Vietnam Campaign
Leaving Okinawa starting May 5, 1965 the 173rd Airborne Brigade became the first major US Army unit sent to Vietnam. Specialist Tom Herkins arrived as a 11B20 Infantryman replacement on May 6, 1968. Tom spent time around LZ Uplift, the 506 valley, and the Bong Son Plains. In late August, Alpha Company drew bridge guard 20 KM west of An Khe in Binh Dinh Province. Tom's platoon got the last 3 bridges, 24, 25, and 26. Tom and 10 comrades where on Bridge 26, HWY QL-19.
Award for Bronze Star with "V" Device
1LT Daniel O. Abernathy: Burlington, NJ
Sgt Thomas F. Herkins: Brookville, Ohio
PFC Albert R. Gutierrez: San Antonio, TX
Brookville High School Class of 1965
You Are Not Forgotten
Location. 39° 50.731′ N, 84° 25.467′ W. Marker is in Brookville, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Arlington Road and Upper Lewisburg-Salem Road, on the left when traveling south on Arlington Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookville OH 45309, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the "Battlefield Cross" (here, next to this marker); Joseph Justin Heltsley (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Euphemia (approx. 6.1 miles away); Englewood Veterans Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); National Road US 40 (approx. 6.6 miles away); Englewood (approx. 6.9 miles away); Dayton Western Turnpike Milestone (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookville.
Also see . . . Thomas Franklin Herkins at the Vietnam Memorial. (Submitted on December 1, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam •
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