Mar. 10, 1947 Oakland Alameda County California, USA
Jul. 6, 1968 Quang Tri, Vietnam
In Loving Memory ... Thomas Patrick Mahoney, III. *** LCpl Mahoney is memorialized on the reverse side of his father's headstone in San Francisco National Cemetery, grave site OSA 73-6. Posted by: George Bacon Relationship: VA National Cemetery Admin, April 24, 2009 *** Lance Corporal Mahoney was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. On July 6, 1968, he was killed by enemy small arms fire near Quang Tri, South Vietnam. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!
THOMAS PATRICK MAHONEY, III. - Marine Corps - LCPL - E3 Age: 20 Race: Caucasian Date of Birth Oct 3, 1947 From: OAKLAND, CA Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Thomas P. Mahoney,Jr. DECEASED. Mother, Patricia A. Mahoney and Sister, Claudia A. Johannsen from Oakland, California.
LCPL - E3 - Marine Corps - Regular Length of service 1 years His tour began on Jul 6, 1968 Casualty was on Jul 6, 1968 In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was not recovered Panel 53W - Line 27
Other Personnel in Incident: KILDERRY, LCPL Michael Joseph C/l/4 MAHONEY, LCPL Thomas P III B/l/l
CACCF/GUNSHOT OR SMALL ARMS FIRE/QUANG TRI
No further information available at this time.
On 06 Jul, CO of First Marines directed the remainder of his battalion to helilift to Hill 689 to assist Co D (which was critically short of "effectives"). The lift was scheduled to commence at 1500H; however at 1515H, Co B/l/l on Hill 88l-South reported a Marine was missing from the perimeter (XD 773 441). The Marines there had been destroying all their positions and trenches in preparation of abandoning the position.
CPL MAXEDON reported that LCPL MAHONEY asked him for some toilet paper. A little while thereafter he heard MAHONEY scream, "Somebody help me!" followed by a burst of automatic weapons fire.
L/Lt F. B. AHEARN immediately organized volunteers to search the area outside the perimeter for where the scream and the automatic weapons fire were heard.
The search party located some fresh human waste and a pool of blood.
PFC DELUCIE noticed MAHONEY's body about ten meters away, naked from the waist down and trousers down to his lower legs, and started to crawl to it when automatic weapons fire opened up and wounded him in the foot.
CS was thrown in the enemy's direction and a second time, PFC BIRD went to retrieve the body. BIRD was wounded in the neck.
DELUCIE and BIRD were medevaced, air-strikes struck the area. An AO noticed the body, nude from the waist down. Again a rescue party moved, only to be repulsed by grenades, wounding two Marines.
It was getting dark and word was to evacuate the hill to assist DELTA Co. All during this time, those on 88l-S were receiving incoming mortars and taking additional casualties.
The company lifted from 88l-S leaving MAHONEY's body. It was off the western finger area.
**************************************** Reno author plans a sequel, plus info on other Silver State reads. By NEVADA MAGAZINE | November/December 2007 This December, along with fellow Vietnam veterans Bob Topmiller and Steve Orr, Michael Archer plans to journey to Khe Sanh, a place where he made friends—and lost them—in one of the most controversial wars in American history.
Archer, from Reno and author of A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, will make his first trip back to the place he served as a U.S. Marine Corps field operator for 13 months in the late 1960s. Orr, from Gardnerville, and Topmiller have remained good friends with Archer since their experience together in South Vietnam.
The return trip will provide Archer with material for the A Patch of Ground sequel, which he intends to write after meeting other former soldiers at the site where his childhood friend, Thomas Patrick Mahoney III, died in battle. Archer, who does temporary work for the Nevada Legislature, eventually wants to write a historical Nevada memoir or biography. In August, the author chatted with Nevada Magazine associate editor, Matthew B. Brown. ********************************** .