Home of Record (official): HOT SPRINGS AR
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Branch: Marine Corps
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Start of Tour: Unknown/Not reported
Sgt. Young was serving with the
American Forces Vietnam Network [AFVN]
His friend SFC Harry Ettmueller writes, "I was right next to Tom when he was KIA in Hue and it was 5 Feb 68 not the 3rd as believed. Tom was killed by a burst of automatic weapons fire while trying to evade with the detachment from being over run. We were in the streets of Hue fighting off a very large NVA force while heading towards MACV HQ and possible safety but alas we never made it. Three were killed that day to include one civilian a Courtney Niles, but the worse part was having Army SP. Steve Stroub executed shortly after capture.... Our detachment sustained 100% causalities, 3 KIA, 5 CIA, [Captured in Action] and 1 managed to evade. All of us sustained multiple wounds either gunshot, grenade, and or RPG's."
Harry L. Ettmueller, SFC US ARMY ret.
Marine Corporal Rick Grimm and Marine Sergeant Steve Berenson.
Five other men were taken POW from Sgt. Young's unit.