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Dr Thomas Anthony “Tom” Dooley, III

Dr Thomas Anthony “Tom” Dooley, III

Birth
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 18 Jan 1961 (aged 34)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Sec 19, lot 906
Memorial ID 290 · View Source
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Physician, Author, Humanitarian. Best known for his philanthropic work in Indochina. Born in St. Louis, MO, Dooley served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy after graduation from St. Louis University Medical School. In 1954, he was assigned to the USS Montague, which was traveling to Vietnam to evacuate refugees. While with the Navy, he organized refugee camps in Vietnam where he developed strong anti-communist sentiment. His experiences there are related in his first book, "Deliver Us from Evil: The Story of Vietnam's Flight to Freedom". In 1956 he left the navy to start a private, mobile medical unit in Loas. He helped found the Medical International Cooperative Organization (MEDICO), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical aid for developing countries. Dooley personally raised nearly $1 million for MEDICO through his television appearances, lecture tours and books, including "The Edge of Tomorrow" and "The Night They Burned the Mountain", both about his experiences in Laos. In 1959, Dooley returned to the U.S. for cancer treatment. He died in 1961 from malignant melanoma. Dooley was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Order of Vietnam, and posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. After his death there were unsuccessful efforts to have him canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Dooley's example was cited by President John F. Kennedy when he launched the Peace Corps.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 290
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Thomas Anthony “Tom” Dooley, III (17 Jan 1927–18 Jan 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 290, citing Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .