The 10,041 casualties incurred by the Brigade were five times greater than those suffered by the 187th Airborne Regiment in Korea, four times greater than those suffered by the 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific during World War II, more than twice those suffered by the 101st Airborne Division in Europe in World War II, and two-thirds of those suffered by the entire 82nd Airborne Division in WW2 for more on the 173rd click here.
Thomas William Haney Private First Class
PERSONAL DATA Home of Record: St Paul, MN Date of birth: 09/27/1940
MILITARY DATA Service: Army of the United States Grade at loss: E3 Rank: Private First Class ID No: 27393725 MOS: 11D2P: Armor Reconnaissance Specialist (Airborne Qual) Length Service: 06
Thursday, Aug 18, 1966 The Aberdeen Daily News Minnesotan Killed WASHINGTON (AP) The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Army PFC. Thomas W. Haney, son of John F Haney of Crosby. Minnesota has been killed in action in Vietnam.
Tom enlisted in the US Army on June 25, 1958, when he graduated from high school. He was trained in parachuting, as a MP, Green Beret, Frogman and was in the Signal Corps. Tom was in the 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne and the 173rd Airborne Divisions.
In 1963 he was discharged from the US Army and spent time as a Tucker, but went skydiving every chance he got.
On Nov. 17, 1964 Tom re-enlisted in the US Army and on Feb 10, 1966 he was sent to Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Tom was wounded once and recovered but he was soon back fighting with his unit. Tom was killed in Gia Rai, Binh Thuy Province, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) on Aug 14, 1966 from multiple fragment wounds of the chest & severe injuries in hostile ground action, he died when a ground mine exploded while he was taking part in a road clearing operation with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Thomas William Haney was awarded The Purple Heart, The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal twice.
Tom was a happy person, and had many friends. He gave his life for something he believed in.
Crosby Man Given Son's Purple Heart Pioneer Press News Service. COLLEGEVILLE- The Purple Heart Medal was presented Wednesday to John F Haney, Crosby, Minnesota posthumously.
PFC. Haney died of wounds suffered when an enemy mine exploded while he was taking part in a road clearing operation in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Aug 14, 1966. Army Lt. Col. Thom Brundrett presented the medal. PFC. Haney earlier had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign , the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the twice was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
Thomas William Haney Private First Class E TRP, 17TH CAVALRY, 173RD AIRBORNE BDE, USARV Army of the United States St Paul, Minnesota September 27, 1940 to August 14, 1966
THOMAS W HANEY is on the Minnesota Vietnam Memorial on Panel 10E, Line 5
Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery Minneapolis Hennepin County Minnesota, USA Plot: Section D, Site 809
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Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.