Tommy Austin WigginsLance Corporal
G BTRY, 3RD BN, 11TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
15 September 1947 - 06 February 1968
Mount Carmel, Illinois
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The database page for Tommy Austin Wiggins
My friend, my neighbor, and playmate. There is not a day that passes without a thought for you. I remember playing cowboys and Indians, not thinking of going to war. I always regarded you as a brother as well as a friend. Peace be with you, my valiant brother. I will remember you always, Tommy.
Son of Richard C. and Billie Joan McRaven Wiggins,
brother of Richard S. and Teresa K. Wiggins.
I am Tommy's cousin and my memory of him is that he completed his tour in Vietnam and signed up for a second tour. His mother told him he had done his duty and to stay home. He said to her that he was single, had no children to support, and "there are so many who have small children to raise, it's better for me to go than them".
Tommy is my hero, it's like he knew he wouldn't be coming home but he went anyway and didn't have to.
We miss you, Tommy.
From his cousin,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 3rd Bn, 11th Marines Chronology for February 1968 contains the following:
"On 6 Feb there were rocket attacks in the Danang area. Rockets were first reported at 060100H [1 AM, 06 Feb]. ... During this attack Battery "G" received about 25 122mm rockets. The Fire Direction Center bunker at Battery "G" received a direct hit temporarily trapping the Battery Commander and 4 of the 6 living FDC men inside the gutted bunker. ... Battery "G" suffered 2 KIAs and 20 WIAs in this action."The two men from G Battery, 3/11 Marines killed were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Nov 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009