The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Thomas Leek Jr., who died in the service of his country on October 28th, 1966 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Medevac Hit by RPG. At the time of his death Thomas was 20 years of age. He was from Kansas City, Missouri. Thomas is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 11E, Line 123.
The decorations earned by PFC Thomas Leek Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Thomas is buried at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. Section M Site 1704
(His BSM Citation)
The Bronze Star Medal
For distinguishing himself by exceptionally meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, Private First Class Leek consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of the ever changing situation inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States in the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom. Private First Class Leeks initiative, zeal, sound judgment, and devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit on himself and the military service.