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  PFC Jerry T. Thomas    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"



Charlie Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War


"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal



The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Jerry T. Thomas, who died in the service of his country on June 25th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Jerry was 19 years of age. He was from Los Angeles, California. Jerry is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 22E, Line 64.

The decorations earned by PFC Jerry T. Thomas include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, 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.


Jerry is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery/ 204 N. Evergreen Ave./ Los Angeles.

(His Bronze Star with "V" Citation)

For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25 June 1967, Private First Class Thomas distinguished himself while serving as a Fire Team Leader in Company C, 2/35th Infantry, which was engaged in a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho. Private First Class Thomas’ team was maneuvering forward to cover the advance of the rest of the platoon when it made contact with the enemy and began receiving automatic weapons fire. Responding quickly, he deployed his team and began to return the enemy fire. He exposed himself to the hostile fire as he led his men against the enemy. Soon he sustained a serious wound, but with conspicuous bravery he continued to organize and direct his element until fire superiority could be attained. He fought on doggedly until the platoon was able to close and rout the enemy. Shortly thereafter he succumbed to his wounds. Private First Class Thomas’ decisive reaction saved his team from heavy damage. His actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.