Thomas Lawrence Gates

Private First Class
Army of the United States
30 May 1949 - 25 November 1986
Cincinnati, Ohio
Panel 12W Line 112


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas Lawrence Gates

24 Sep 2006

The date today is 9/24/06. My cousin was Tommy L. Gates. He died from wounds received on 11/25/70. He did not die until 1986. There was a man hit the same time who wants info on Tommy. For some reason I can't get back to the website on "onVirtual Wall" to get your address.(e-mail), or name. I have put out alerts for you on, and here. My e-mail is I have newspaper clippings about him, and when his mother fought to get his name on THE WALL (1994). Contact me - I have free nationwide long distance also. I am an ex-juggy 1968-70. I have cancer, so time might be limited. ASAP I want to do this for all of us. SEMPER FI.

From a cousin,
G. Gould

14 Jun 2007

On April 9, 1970 there were many others wounded, not just two. Jose Morales, Tom Patchell, and a grunt named Bristol were all in the same squad as Mace and Gates. I was with these good soldiers and was also wounded that day.

From a combat brother,
Lenard Blachly

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The MACV Summary for 09 April 1970 reflects two engagements in the A Shau Valley about 24 miles west-southwest of Hue:

It is not clear what units were involved in the two engagements but available records do indicate that B Company, 2/501st Infantry lost four men killed in action in the A Shau Valley on 09 Apr 1970:
  • SSG James D. Mace, Deseret, UT;
  • CPL Herman A. Clay, Richmond, TX;
  • CPL Leroy Nelson, Theodore, AL; and
  • CPL Charles G. Selman, Farmington, MI.
Others were wounded, and one of those, PFC Thomas L. Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio, died from his wounds sixteen years later - on 25 November 1986. PFC Gates' name was added to the Wall on Veterans' Day 1994.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Gary L. Gould

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Sep 2006
Last updated 01/29/2008