Losing a Fellow Marine

By: Patrap , 11:24 PM GMT on July 01, 2011

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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.




Patrick


Corp Thomas D Lennon

Birth: Apr. 26, 1960
Utica
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1982
Beaufort
Beaufort County
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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20. IrishLassie
2:47 PM GMT on October 21, 2011
Pat-I came across your blog & it made me cry & it made me smile! What a nice tribute to Tom that after all these years he is not forgotten. Did you really find his resting place recently? He was truly a special person to me. Would love to talk anytime.

Tom's sister Barb.
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19. Patrap
4:37 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
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18. Patrap
4:35 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
Thanx Dude,,have a good one up there.
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17. ycd0108
4:35 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
I have yet to load any tunes on the iPod.
I just come here and listen to whatever you post.

Have a pleasant Fourth of July!
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16. Patrap
4:02 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
..tell um bout it Ray.

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15. Patrap
4:02 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
Thanks for the story PI.



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11. Patrap
3:51 PM GMT on July 03, 2011
Thanx for the words and for stopping in mass and skye..

Ya'll have a Happy and safe 4th of July 2011
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10. masshysteria
3:29 PM GMT on July 03, 2011
Hiya Pat!

Hope you and yours have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend!





Looks like tonight (Sunday) is the Season 2 finale of TREME. I have no idea which way each storyline will evolve or end up. The screenwriter really keeps one guessing. I sill wish they hadn't bumped off Steve Earle. :(

Sorry to read about your loss of a fellow-Marine brethren 29 yrs ago at the tender age of 22. It's so ironically painful when US soldiers come home after serving a tour or more of duty and end up losing their life to an unexpected unrelated accident. It certainly doesn't lessen their honor or valor to our country or the pain of loss felt by close family and friends.

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9. Skyepony (Mod)
3:13 PM GMT on July 03, 2011
Nothing prepares one at 22 for such a complete and tragic loss so suddenly.


That's the truth.. same age lost my college roommate to a freak car wreck on summer break. It's the youth's immortality lost moment & a hole to the soul..

One of her favs..

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7. Patrap
10:20 PM GMT on July 02, 2011
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6. Patrap
10:19 PM GMT on July 02, 2011
Ya'll have a fine 4th as well Ogal.
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5. OGal
10:07 PM GMT on July 02, 2011


Pat, you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July!
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4. Patrap
2:37 PM GMT on July 02, 2011
Folks tearing down a wood shed and building another cross da street Ken.

Happy belated Canada Day too.

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3. ycd0108
3:31 AM GMT on July 02, 2011
Quite the Rainbow/lightning!
(0n the Big Blog)
What is the Dumpster for?
Have a fine July 4th. July 1st was a good day here - the Royals and Snowbirds and Cor Blunt.
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2. Patrap
11:54 PM GMT on July 01, 2011




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1. ricderr
11:54 PM GMT on July 01, 2011
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
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