3rd Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th Battalion, 2nd Brigade

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Tom Conroy is thrilled to still be alive, though still stuck at Dong Tam and far, far away from home and his lovely wife, Vicki.

Introduction   Allow me to introduce you to a true “Old Reliable”, Thomas C. Conroy of Lancaster, California.  Tom, along with 9 others, was drafted out of Lancaster on May 17th, 1966, to serve with the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas when the 9th was reactivated for service in Viet Nam. Tom managed to stay with C Company throughout training at Fort Riley and his entire tour of combat duty in the Mekong Delta. You are looking at one very lucky man as he was one of the few Lancaster soldiers who survived combat – also he never was even wounded.  His closest call came on October 6, 1967, when he was pinned down in a rice paddy by Viet Cong forces dug in, in a surrounding tree line. Several soldiers lost their lives that day and many were wounded.  Tom had bullets and explosives slamming all around him as he laid out there exposed in that clearing.  As a Platoon Radio-Telephone-Operator, he nevertheless called in artillery, which finally silenced the enemy, but not before he had scrambled for cover behind a rice paddy dike.  A fellow soldier was seriously wounded while pulling Tom over the dike. While scrambling, Tom suddenly realized his radio had stopped working; upon examination he discovered a large bullet hole in the radio.  That stinkin’ heavy radio that he carried for months and grown to despise saved his life.           Bill Reynolds – January 23, 2001

Tom on the USS Benewah’s pontoon proudly displaying his Bronze Star Medal and Award certificate, which he earned for valor in battle on October 6, 1967.
2nd Squad – 3rd Platoon – Top Left:  John Howell, Bill Creagor,
Ron Jones, Chester Hill, and James Nelson. Lower Left: Tom Conroy, Jack Tricke, Jack McKinney, Moses Campbell, and Jose Saucedo.
Here’s Tom and his 3rd Platoon buddies shortly after arriving in the newly created Dong Tam Base Camp and beginning
the building of their new home away from home. Charlie Company had just built their area at Camp Bear Cat
and then were subjected to building up another camp. These photos were taken approximately March-April, 1967.
Goooooood Morning Viet Nam!
Tom’s buddy from
Lancaster, Ca, Bill Reed
Tom’s 3rd Platoon buddy, Tony
Caliari – a San Fernando Valley lad.
Here’s the Mobile Riverine’s favorite means of travel to Tom’s favorite destinations.
A view from a Huey while the 3rd Platoon heads out from Dong Tam on a patrol to seek out Viet Cong for elimination.
Tom Conroy leaving Dong Tam for R & R to Hawaii to meet his wife Vickie.  Oh, a fine day!
Here’s Tom enjoying a fine view from
the USS Benewah along the Mekong River.
Tom, with his good buddy,
Richard Rubio at Dong Tam.
Charlie Company’s other method of travel down in the Mekong Delta. Approximately 30 patrols in search of Viet Cong were conducted
with these work horse Huey’s.  The ride was great, but jumpin’ out & walkin’ the boonies was a drag and usually very dangerous.