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Losing a Fellow Marine
By: Patrap , 11:24 PM GMT on July 01, 2011
Losing a Fellow Marine
It was a Friday,,in August,,late August 1982 in Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station in S. Carolina.
I was packed and ready to head home to New Orleans for a 2 week leave before Flying overseas to Okinawa for my overseas duty year.
My good friend Tom Lennon was from Utica,New York and we had been House mates for almost a year here in Beaufort.
Tom had been to Okinawa for a year and he gave me all the relevant scoop on the place,where to go,where not to go and I was thankful to him for that.
He was cook and baker like myself but was TAD to Station as a Life Guard for the Base dependents swimming pool,so he had the cushiest job on the whole base I thought.
I have never forgotten that Friday when the Taxi arrived to take me to Savannah for my flight.
Tom came into the Living room and said,,Hey Dude,,have a good year,Oh,,and do ya want the Robert Plant Album you like so much,,it was playing "Just Like I've never been gone"..on the stereo at the time,,and I replied,,"No,you keep it man,Ill get it when I return in a year".
We shook hands,hugged a lil..and that's the last time we saw each other.
While Home the next day,,I received a phone call from the Girl I was dating up in S. Carolina.
Tom had been killed in a freak Motorcycle accident while riding a Bike someone let him ride at a Party.
Nothing prepares one at 22 for such a complete and tragic loss so suddenly.
After many a year I found my good friends resting spot recently.
Thanks for all the good times Tom.
Sadly missed but fondly remembered by me and many others.
Semper Fi bro.
Corp Thomas D Lennon
Birth: Apr. 26, 1960
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1982
South Carolina, USA
Cpl. Thomas D. Lennon, 22. of 1907 Anthony's Church, Inlet died August 30 Baker Ave., 30, 1982 in Beaufort. SC. as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He was the son of Assistant Fire Chief William J. and Lorine A. Albright Lennon and was a 1978 graduate of Notre Dame High School. While attending Notre Dame, he was a member of the swimming team and football team. Cpl. Lennon was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Okinawa, Japan and was presently stationed at the Marine Air Base, Beaufort, SC.
He was a member of St. John's Church, Utica and St. Anthony's Church, Inlet. Surviving are his parents; his maternal grandfather. Joseph J Albright of Utica, five sisters, Patricia Lennon, Mrs Pat (Carol) Benzo, both of Utica, Mrs Richard (Barbara) Cooper of New Hartford. Christine and Mary Beth Lennon, both at home, one brother, Michael J Lennon of Utica; two nieces and two nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
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