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CREEK, THOMAS E.

CREEK, THOMAS E. (1950–1969). Thomas E. Creek, Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Joplin, Missouri, on April 7, 1950, the son of Ross F. Creek, Sr., of Amarillo, Texas. He attended Palo Duro High School in Amarillo and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at San Diego, California. Lance Corporal Creek was a member of Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division. Near Cam Lo, Vietnam, on February 13, 1969, he was a rifleman in action against the enemy. His squad was providing security for a resupply convoy when a mine detonated, destroying one of the vehicles and halting the convoy. The marines immediately came under heavy fire from a concealed enemy force. Creek moved into open terrain to fire on the enemy and was seriously wounded by enemy fire. A grenade landed between Creek and several companions. He fell on it and took the full force of the explosion, thus saving the lives of his fellow marines. He is buried in the Llano Cemetery, Amarillo.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Dallas Morning News, April 21, 1970. Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).
Art Leatherwood

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