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iHonor Vietnam War Fallen: U.S. Marine Corps Captain Thomas Lee Carter of Reseda, CA
Capt. Carter, 27, served in the Vietnam War with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division from Marine Corps Base Hawaii Killed in action, on November 10th, the Marine Corps Birthday, in 1968, of wounds from enemy artillery, rockets, and/or mortar rounds while fighting in the Quang Tri province of Vietnam. We honor and thank US Marine Corps Captain Carter for defending our freedoms and fighting to liberate the lives of others.
Thomas Lee Carter Born January 1, 1941 in Galveston, TX Excelled at both academics and athletics Member of Torrance HS Southern California State Championship Cross Country Team Torrance HS Scholarship awardee for science and math 1958 Valedictorian Graduate of Torrance HS
Selected to attend US Naval Academy as Midshipman in Class of 1962 Participated in Cross Country, Wrestling, and Boxing at Naval Academy Made 'Superintendent's List' for academic achievement regularly Commanded 3rd Battalion and served Brigade Admininstrative Officer during senior year 1962 Graduate of Naval Academy - ranked 5th in class of 789 Commissioned as Officer (2nd Lieutenant) in US Marine Corps First Marine Unit assigned to: Mortar Battery 2/11 (2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment) as part of 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, CA Assigned to HQ of Fleet Marine Force at El Toro, CA and Camp Holland in Hawaii Selected for and completed Graduate (Master's degree) studies at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA Assigned to Charlie Battery (shooting 105mm Howitzer) of 1/12 (1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment) in August 1968
[ Military unit patches per TogetherWeServed.com ]
Killed by enemy artillery, rocket, and/or mortars fired up USMC Fire Support Base C-2 near Cam Lo Village in Quang Tri province Vietnam Buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA Died 12 days before Kerry, his 3rd daughter, was born Survived by his widow Doris, three daughters Kristin Ann, Kimberly Susan, and Kerry Lee, his parents; and two sisters Legacy now includes 5 grandchildren: Nicholas, Sofie, Joshua, Anna and Joey
Inspirational Quotes about Thomas L. Carter
Tom ... “was uncomplicated, straight-forward, honest, and intelligent, the best of friends." and... "He (Tom) explained his view of how important this was, for the United States and for the military (to be in Vietnam). By analogy, he said, look, you are an empirical scientist, and so am I. This is our laboratory, where we learn the science of warfare. Every generation needs some combat, in order that leaders not be like the "ruler of the queen’s navy" in HMS Pinafore. Tragically true." - Dick Ryon, a childhood buddy of Thomas Carter (from VVMF reflections)
“Tom excelled at everything he did. His achievements were the benchmark that we tried to follow. He was all-around topknotch. In math class he helped me understand the ununderstandable. On the trach field he took time to show me how to improve. On the wrestling team he would wrestle up in weight class just so I would have someone to practice with. He did all this because he cared about people.Tom had alot of God given gifts and he used them all. of all the people I ever met he is absolutely one of the best. I look up to him to this day.” - Conrad vonBlankenburg, another childhood buddy of Thomas Carter (from VVMF reflections)
[ Capt. Carter's military decorations according to Virtual Vietnam Wall (top) and TogetherWeServed.com (below) ]
Sources for Tribute CLICK HERE to review his tribute on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces site
iHonor American Flag dedicated to Vietnam War Fallen: US Marine Corps Captain Thomas Lee Carter posted and flying at Highlands Point - south of Mtn Vista HS where two of his five grandchildren excelled at XC ... more pics in slideshow below of view from north to south of CO's Front Range
iHonor American Flag : Visitor Comments for Capt. Carter ... posted here from newest to oldest ...
Capt. Carter, below is the iHonor Flag I ran with on Memorial Day morning. Reading and creating your iHonor Flag story motivated me to run with your iHonor Flag to the top of Highlands Point, like I'm sure you would have loved to have done with your grandkids here in Highlands Ranch. Your love for running may have just inspired me to run with more iHonor Flags to our stunning Highlands Point - providing a view of 3 of Colorado 'Fourteeners' spanning more than 100 miles from north to south (Longs Peak, Mt. Evans, and Pikes Peak). My dad was sent to Vietnam about 8 months after you and I am very fortunate to not have endured the same situation as your daughters - as Capt. Sweeney was shot down 3 times in Vietnam, but luckily returned home. I'm sure your life and deeds inspired your family, especially your grandkids, to excel at all they do - just like you did. Semper Fidelis! - from Sean on 5/28/19
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