Thomas J. Monley
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Monday, November 18, 1996
The first enlisted combat controller awarded the Silver
Star Medal for Gallantry was TSgt Thomas J. Monley
while providing Air Traffic Control for DZ/EZ/LZ
operations at Khe Sahn Support Base, RVN during the
1968 TET Offensive.
On 25 February 1968, TSgt Monley repeatedly exposed
himself to enemy mortar and artillery fire while removing
two burning pallets of mortar rounds from the ramp of an
arrival aircraft. He secured the burning pallets at a safe
distance from the aircraft, its crew and support
personnel without regard for his personal safety. His
actions that day averted extensive loss of life and
equipment and, in the best CCT tradition, allowed a
continuous flow of aircraft re-supply missions.
Tom retired in 1978 after serving 26.5 years in the
military. He and his lovely wife Casey presently reside
in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Tom... The CCA salutes you!!
NOTE: The TET Offensive began on 30 January 1968
and was a major push by the North Vietnamese and Viet
Cong against US and RVN forces. Khe Sahn was under
siege for 77 days with CCT members playing a
significant role in re-supply and sustainment against
overwhelming odds. One hundred ninety nine American
troops were killed during the siege and an estimated
9000-plus enemy troops were killed.
By Clyde Howard