Thomas Neil Yagle

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
06 February 1944 - 16 April 1966
Traverse City, Michigan
Panel 06E Line 119


Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals

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20 Mar 2001

Tom Yagle was the first U.S. serviceman from the Grand Traverse Region of Michigan to be killed. He was a Mortarman with the 81's Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, FMF. He was killed in action on 16 April 1966, from multiple fragmentation wounds in Quang Nam Province of the Republic of South Vietnam. He is listed on "The Wall" in Washington, DC, Panel 06E-Row 119. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City, Michigan. A Marine Corps flag flies over his grave. The Yagle Brothers Detachment #165 of the Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 1273, Traverse City, MI 49685-1273, is named in his honor.

Anyone that served with Tom is welcome to contact me.

CWO-4 D. C. Gummere USMC (Retired)

A Note from The Virtual Wall

As noted above Lance Corporal Yagle was assigned to the 81mm mortar platoon, H&S Company. While The Virtual Wall cannot prove it so, it is believed that LCpl Yagle was with Hotel 2/9, which lost five other Marines under exactly similar circumstances. They were
  • 2ndLt Anthony J. Battista, Dunmore, PA (Silver Star)
  • Cpl Tommie M. Cripe, Russiaville, IN
  • LCpl Victor E. Chase, Pensacola, FL
  • LCpl James H. Kurdelski, Indianapolis, IN
  • Pfc Tony H. Hughes, Woodstown, NJ

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