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Interview with Tom Esslinger

Item Number: OH0333
 Oral History
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Richard B. Verrone, Ph.D.
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  • Existence: 21 August 2003

General Note / OCR

(USMC) John Thomas 'Tom' Esslinger, originally from Ephrata, Pennsylvannia served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 until 1970. Tom went to Vietnam in September 1967 and served with India Company and Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, and operated out of Camp Evans. In December 1967, his unit was sent to Khe Sanh where it eventually occuppied Hill 881 South during the 77-day seige. After Khe Sanh, from April to July 1968, Tom, as CO of India Co., operated out of Quang Tri City and then west of Da Nang running various missions. In early August, he was made Assistant S-3 with the 3/26 Marines and served in that capacity until completing his 13-month tour in October 1968.

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OH0333, John Thomas Esslinger Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 26 Aug 2003 [Updated: 21 Apr 2008]