Thomas Monroe Mays

Sergeant First Class
Army of the United States
28 June 1934 - 21 December 1969
Salt Lake City, Utah
Panel 15W Line 079



Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Thomas Monroe Mays

08 Sep 2005


by a comrade in arms.

Jim Barry

21 Dec 2006

Today is December 21, 2006, 37 years since SFC Mays died in service to his country. In 1969 I was a member D/168th Engineers (C). We had been working on a pacification program out of Chu Chi. We were rebuilding roads that would allow the Vietnamese to move back into an area that had previously been a free-fire zone, part of the Iron Triangle and Ho Bo Woods. Every day we would begin by mine-sweeping the roads and then working on improving the next section of the road. SFC Mays was a member of a survey crew that was attached to us. On December 21, 1969 SFC Mays was riding in a 3/4 ton when it detonated what was believed to be a 30 lb. anti-tank mine. The truck was thrown in the air and destroyed. SFC Mays died as a result of his wounds and three others were seriously injured and the driver survived without any wounds. It was a terrible blow to our company. We had not suffered any casualties in the previous 9 months and this happening so close to Christmas put a damper on our spirits. We knew that SFC Mays was a family man and his family would be receiving the worst possible news on a day that should have been a day of joy. Every Christmas since I think of SFC Mays and his family and know that what is a day of joy for many of us is a day of sadness for his family. God bless his family and God bless SFC Mays for the ultimate sacrifice he made.

2 Corinthians 1, 8-11
Love and Peace,
Sp/5 Dennis Jerome
D/168th Engineers Vietnam 1969-1970

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Official records indicate that Sergeant First Class Mays was assigned to D Company, 168th Engineers, but Mr. Barry advises that he was transferred to the 554th before his death.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 08 Sep 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009