I am posting this at the request of a Ranger vet's family. I was contacted today by the family of a Vietnam era vet named SGT Thomas S. Pease. They state that Pease served in 75th INF, F Co and was put in for a MOH for a mission that occurred on March 1, 1969. The family has taken exception because he was apparently awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Pease has been diagnosed with inoperable lung and brain cancer and is slipping from this world to the next. They would like to see if something can be done to modify the award before he passes or before the cancer advances so far that he won't be able to understand and appreciate the modification.
The family has been working through their congressional office but has come up against a wall. They need more information about the events of the mission from people who were there in order to advance the issue any further with DOD. If you are aware of any F Co Rangers that might be able to help please pass this message to them. I have already contacted the F Co unit director from 75th RRA. The family can be reached via Anne Summe-Pease at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 260-799-4966 (Home), 260-249-8573 (Cell).
Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
Travis James West, JD
USARA Midwest Regional Director
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly. . . and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.