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“Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!”

I'm a Vietnam Veteran, (FMF Hospital Corpsman) who had the honor of serving with
Kilo and Lima Companies, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in I Corps, RVN in 1969.
I came back to the World approximately an ounce overweight.

I'm 74 years old, married for THIRTY-THREE! GLORIOUS years to mfkmmof4 (aka "Chick") with six putatively adult children and live in the People's Republic of Maryland.

Christmas Day, 2011

At the National Museum of the Marine Corps - 14Jan2012

My Father, Lt. Thomas G. Mitchell, MSC, USN

Seaman Recruit Thomas J. Mitchell, USN
Co. 583, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Naval Training Center
Great Lakes, Illinois December, 1967

My daughter Meghan is an Assistant Professor of Digital Foundations in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

My daughter Mary graduated May 14, 2011 cum laude with a major in International Relations from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Barbelin Hall, St. Joseph's University

Mary recently returned from a six-month mission to Kenya in a program providing aid to African children with AIDS.

Mary in Kenya on an earlier Service Trip - 2011

Stained Glass Window, St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, Laurel, Maryland

Parishioner of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 1989 to date.
Liturgical Cantor, St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, 1992 - 2007.
Member, St. Mary of the Mills Chancel Choir, 2000 to date.
Member, St. Mary of the Mills Parish Council, 2005 - 2008. (Vice Chairman, 2006-2007)
Member, St. Mary of the Mills Liturgy Committee, 2008 to date.

Member, Knights of Columbus Archbishop Curley Assembly #383

Member, Knights of Columbus Patuxent Council #2203 (Lecturer, 2004-2006)

Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians, John F. Kennedy Division No. 5

Member, American Legion Post 60

Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Life Member, 1st Marine Division Association

Member, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Member, Disabled American Veterans

Photo is of me, HM/3 Thomas J. Mitchell and HM/3 Glenn G. Simpson in the 3/5 rear area in An Hoa, Quang Nam Province, RVN in early August, 1969. We went to Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton together, came in country the same day, were assigned to the same battalion, and were wounded in action minutes apart on August 18, 1969 in the same engagement. Dust-off pulled us both out to the 95th Evac. Hospital in Danang on the same chopper.

Photo is of me and my father, Cdr. T.G. Mitchell, MSC, USN on August 25, 1969 at NNMC Bethesda, Maryland when he presented me with my Purple Heart Medal. Later the same day, he retired from the Navy after 24 years of service both as an enlisted man and officer.

After finishing Hospital Corps "A" School, I was stationed at USNH, Quantico, Virginia, where I served as Senior Corpsman on the Surgical Ward. While stationed at Quantico, I spent many a pleasant evening at the original Globe & Laurel in Q'Town. The Founder and Owner, Major Rick Spooner, USMC, and his late wife Gloria were magnificent hosts. After my tour in Quantico, I completed Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton, California prior to deployment to Vietnam. I was wounded in action when my platoon was ambushed on August 18, 1969. I was then medevacked to 95 Evac Hospital, Danang. From there I went to Clark AFB, Philippines and USNH, Agana, Guam, where I underwent some additional wound debridement, and finally back to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. I was in hospital, on convalescent leave and then on limited duty until February, 1970.

For the last two years of my enlistment I was stationed at Center Command, NNMC Bethesda performing administrative duties. I was separated from active duty on August 30, 1971 and received my Honorable Discharge August 1, 1973.

Here's mine, Kerry, you traitorous bastard! Where the Hell is yours?

Memorial Chapel, Loyola University Maryland

After separation from the Navy, I attended Loyola University Maryland, from which I graduated in May 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. I had sufficient semester hours to graduate with a double major in English Literature and History, but I declined to take one of the core courses requisite for History majors.

I then attended the University of Miami School of Law where I graduated with a Juris Doctor in January 1978. I practice law in the District of Columbia.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.


I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the Republic
For which it stands
One Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

A Hospital Corpsman’s Prayer

Lord, As I embark upon this path that you,
in your infinite wisdom, have set before me, I pray
that you will guide my hand, my heart and my mind.
Keep me faithful to my oath, always aware of the
seriousness of my duties, and above all the sacredness
of life. Let me not be a glory seeker, but rather a servant,
as You the Great Physician to whom all Glory belongs, served
even us. Help me face the trials before me, death of those I
come to love, and personal disappointments without losing heart
or faith. May I place first the welfare of those entrusted to my
care, and self last. Above all Lord, protect me from my pride, for
there is nothing I can do through what skill I may possess that is
not in your will that it be done.



Samuel Brison


Cpl. William Murphy – Battery "C", Fifth U.S. Artillery
Cpl. John Ritenour Brison, 1st Virginia Light Artillery
Pvt. Henry Manga, Co. D, 3rd Regiment, Michigan Infantry


Pvt. William J. Rafferty – Co. G, 110th Infantry, 28th Division
Pfc. Thomas P. Rafferty – Co. L, 111th Infantry, 28th Division
Cpl. Francis J. Lewis, Batt. C, 109th Field Artillery, 28th Division


RM/3 Thomas G. Mitchell, USN
Capt. John T. Dowd, USA, 82nd Airborne Division
SSgt. Joseph T. Gavin, USA, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Co. F, 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division
Cpl. James J. "Jerry" Gavin, USAAF, 411 Base Unit
S 1/C Bernard P. Murray, USN
Sgt. John J. Cliggett, USA
Joseph F. Brassill, USA
Mrs. Mary A. Gavin Sullivan – Civilian – US Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA
Eng. Cornelius G. Manga, Pennsylvania Railroad
T/Sgt Joseph F. Brassill, USA
Sgt. Harry W. Kunze, Jr., USMC
Raymond E. Gallinger, Jr., USA
Sgt. William J. Brennan, USAAF
Pfc. George T. Manga, USA
Pfc. Thomas W. Manga, USA
S 2/C C. Joseph Campbell, USN – USS Franklin (CV-13)
Francis J. Lewis, USAAF
Richard A. Mitchell, Jr., USA


RM/3 Thomas G. Mitchell, USN - USS Borie, DD704
--- (Commissioned an Ensign, MSC, USN - 29 June 1951
Capt. John T. Dowd, USA, 101st Airborne Division
Capt. Andrew A. Sullivan, MC, USA
Francis William Gavin, USA


CS/2 Joseph T. Manga, USCG
John T. Dowd, Jr., USCG
RADM John P. Jarabak, USN


Cdr. Thomas G. Mitchell, MSC, USN – NAMRU-2
Maj. John T. Dowd, USA – Special Forces
HM/2 Thomas J. Mitchell. USN, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment
Sgt. Charles M. Doran, USA, 101st Airborne Division
Robert Posnek, USMC, 1st Marine Division
Bernard P. Murray, Jr., USN
Robert N. Alexander, USN


FCCM Rob Collins, USN


HM/3 Michael Collins, USN
HM/3 Joseph Mitchell, USN

visited 36 states (72%)

visited 8 countries (3.55%)