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Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Birth:
18 Aug 1948 1
Death:
18 Nov 1969 1
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Full Name:
Thomas Joseph Hartman 1
Birth:
18 Aug 1948 1
Male 1
Death:
18 Nov 1969 1
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds 1
Age at Death: 21 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Date: 18 Nov 1969 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 1
Residence:
Hometown: Phoenixville, PA 1
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Marital Status: Single 1
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Battalion:
2nd Bn 1
Company:
C Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 1
Grade:
E5 1
Major Command:
4th Inf Div 1
Regiment:
8th Infantry 1
Service:
Army 1
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
17 Sep 1969 1
Years Served:
1 1
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Episcopal (Anglican) 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
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Panel: 16W 1

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SILVER STAR CITATION The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas J. Hartman (190-40-7500), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Hartman distinguished himself while serving as a Squad Leader with Company C, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. On 18 November 1969, Sergeant Hartman's unit was conducting a sweep operation north of Plei Mrong when they were engaged by a large enemy force. Reacting immediately, Sergeant Hartman directed his armored personnel carrier to an advantageous fighting position. He then manned his vehicle's 50 caliber machine gun and placed a heavy volume of fire on the enemy positions. He continued to fire on the enemy until he was mortally wounded by an enemy B-40 rocket. Sergeant Hartman's courageous action, professionalism and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Tom was a NCOC grad with me in class 3369. We also served together in the 2nd Bn. 8 Inf Reg, 4th Div. He earned the Silver Star on Nov.18,1969 at a place called Plei Mrong. Posted by: Stan Silva
Email: stansilva@comcast.net
Relationship: We served together
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 1969 SERGEANT KILLED, '66 GRADUATE OF PHOENIXVILLE

A 21-year-old Army sergeant from Phoenixville has been killed in Vietnam combat, it was reported Friday by the Defense Department.
Sgt. Thomas J. Hartman, son of Mrs. Ruth N. Hartman of 345 Washington ave., was killed on Nov. 18 during an encounter with enemy forces.
He was a squad leader with the 2d Battalion, 8th Mechanized Infantry, attached to the 4th Division in the central highlands of Vietnam.
He arrived in Vietnam Sept 15 after graduating from NCO school at Fort Benning, Ga.
He seldom mentioned the war in letters to his family and never complained, his brother, Edwin, said.
A 1966 graduate of Phoenixville High School, he was a member of the National; Honor Society and the Key and Varsity Clubs.
He attended Pennsylvania State University for a year and worked as a lathe operator in King of Prussia before being drafted in September 1968.
Survivors in addition to his mother and brother, include a sister, Marjorie.

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