Thomas Duane Glawe

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
04 March 1948 - 16 June 1966
Rockford, Illinois
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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One of six 1st Recon Bn Marines that would pay the ultimate price for Hill 488.

June 16th, 1966, remains a date 1st Recon Bn Marines of that time will never forget.

35 years have passed --
but time remains frozen for too many young men.

A memorial initiated by a fellow Marine,
Randy Kendall

06 Aug 2006

I was a senior in high school when my cousin, Tommy Glawe, was killed on Hill 488. That's forty years ago. He enlisted at 17 to fight for his country. He will not be forgotten.

Mike Griffin
2219 Rugged Mesa Drive, Laughlin, Nevada, 89029

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The battle on 16 June 1966 on Hill 488 (Nui Vu) involved a full battalion of North Vietnamese Army regulars assaulting 18 men of the 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Recon Battalion, led by Staff Sergeant Jimmie Earl Howard. The Recon Marines had established an observation post atop Nui Vu in order to identify and prosecute by remote fire VC/NVA forces operating in the mountains west of Chu Lai.

The operation was sufficiently effective to get the NVA commander's attention and sufficiently dangerous for him to commit a fresh battalion to eradicate the Marines. He failed.

The NVA assault on Hill 488 began in late afternoon and continued through the night. The beleagued Marines were assisted by Marine and Air Force helicopter and fixed wing air support, but it was sheer courage and determination that permitted the Marines to hold until morning. Charlie 1/5 Marines were airlifted onto the reverse slope of Hill 488 and relieved the Recon Marines. Of the 18 men in the Recon Platoon, 6 died and 12 were wounded. Two men of Charlie 1/5 Marines and one each from VMO-2 and VMO-6 (Marine UH-1 squadrons) died. One Medal of Honor (Staff Sergeant Howard), 4 Navy Crosses, and 13 Silver Stars were awarded.

Immediately after the battle, Captain F. J. West, USMCR, interviewed men from Howard's platoon, Charlie 1/5, airmen from the squadrons which supported Howard, and others. In 1967 the History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps, published his account of the fight on Hill 488. Captain West's account is available on The Virtual Wall at

HILL 488

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow 1st Recon Bn Marine of 1966,
Randy Kendall

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 Jul 2001
Last updated 08/16/2006