Leonard Thomas Higdon

Personal Data
Home of Record Fort Benning, GA
Powell High School Graduate

Military Data
Unit Reconnaissance Platoon, Company E, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborn Division, USARV

Casualty Data
Start Tour 13 February 1970
Incident Date 21 May 1970
Casualty Date 21 May 1970
Age at Loss 25
Location Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Artillery, rocket, or mortar

Vietnam Wall Panel 10W Line 075

Gary Gresh
103, Mary Place,
Flat Rock, NC., 28731, usa
lest we forget
Tom Higdon died in my arms on my birthday, May 21, 1970, on Firebase Bastogne, 1327 Infantry, 101st. He was a great guy and his death affected me profoundly. He was killed by random incoming mortar fire at midday on the 21st. Several of us tried to save Tom by placing him on an army mule, the wheeled variety, and tried to get him to the helipad, for medivac. He never made it to the pad. He was trying to tell me something as he died, but I could not make out the words. Somehow I’m sure, it had something to do with his wife and I tried so hard to hear his words, but the entire firebase was on fire, and more rounds, were still incoming and I could not hear him. I know he loved her very much and he talked of her a lot. We should never forget, his sacrifice. He died, on his second tour in viet and I miss him.
Wednesday, October 17, 2001

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of birth:
  • 20 September 1944
  • Date of death: 21 May 1970
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 101st Airborne Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Woodhaven Memorial Gardens, Claxton, Anderson County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Middle Panel
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