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Thomas Crabtree

Profile Updated: March 24, 2018
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First Year in Country
Residing In:
Midland, TX USA
Margaret(Maggie) Crabtree
Dennis Crabtree, 41 lives in Cleveland, OH; Kenneth Crabtree, 40, lives in Cleveland(Brunswick), OH. More…Margaret's daughter Chrystal(Maddy) Shenk, 40, lives in NC. four (4) Granchildren-2 Grandsons, 2 Granddaughters. Surrogate Adoptive son Tim Ruple (Gonzalez) student at Texas Tech (Engineering).
Military Service:
U.S. Army-Airborne Infantry  
Yes! Attending Reunion
What Have You Done Since Nam

Returned to Ft. Bragg, 82d, B Company 2d 504th Infantry; went to Raider School, promoted to E5. Made 2 trips to Congo 45 days each w/B Company. Reenlisted and ETSed 21 Dec 1971. Army Issued me a wife-married a WAC had 2 Sons in this marriage which lasted 8 years 1970 to 1078. Lived in Cleveland where she was from for 9 years. Used some of my school benefits and at Cleveland State University was 1st Subject in the Forgotten Warrior Project conducted by Professor John Q. Wilson. Had part-time job at CSU to supplement school benefits as liaison between Cleveland Regional VA Office and Student Group Services Department;helped Vets get their paper work going for benefits and school admissions etc. Helped the Professor screen out Veterans for meeting Combat Exposure Criteria for the research project. Was going with DR. Wilson to D.C. Congressional Committee Hearing to present results but was divorced prior to and had to return to Oilfields to meet my Alimony/Child Support Payment Obligations. Roughnecked, Drilled, Ran Fishing Tools and ran Down Hole Well Production Tools for Baker Service Tools. When Crash hit in the mid 80s did independent sub-contract Carpentry/Masonry/Tile Work and took some courses. After 25 years part-time courses from 5 different colleges was given a Degree at UTPB in Odessa, TX. in 1995. Was a Reorientation Counselor for a Private Contract Facility with Texas Department of Criminal Justice in what was referred to as an In Residence Therapeutic Treatment Community (IRTTC). Last 5 years of work career 1999-2003 was a Long Term Contract Substitute Teacher for Midland Independent School District Midland High School and Midland Lee High in Social Studies (History/Government). VA Comped me out in late 2003; since then Volunteer Activities VFW, 12th Regiment Association, Division Association and some Church Work in local community. Go to every Reunion I can-Regiment, Company and Some Division. Served in VN C 1/12 Aug 1966 to Jun 67; 101st-C 2/327th, Jun 67-Oct 67, Germany Feb 1971-Dec 1971.

Memories of Nam

Leeches, Malaria, Blood, death, C-Rats, Lurp Meals, death, Sin City and the Honor and privilege of serving with some of the Greatest people this Country Has ever sent to War! We were a unique bunch andit wasthe Country's loss for turning their back on us-AIRBORNE, BOOT to BOOT,SEMPER PARUSTUS. HOOAH!

What Platoon and Squad Were You In?

4th Platoon-Jennings Squad, 3d Platoon-11B2P/11C4P; Fire-team leader and whatever the circumstances called for.

What month did you enter in country?

August 1966

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Mar 24, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Happy BIrthday!

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Posted on: Mar 03, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Welcome to the site and we share your grief. Prayers for You all.

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Hopefully we will see you in Branson or Killeen.

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Sep 16, 2016 at 11:33 AM

I do not recall seeingan announcement or Obituary of Leroy's passing-when did he pass on? Leroy Burgess was an outstanding soldier and one helluva a good M60 Gunner. Had a good upbeat attitude and cool in the midst of fire. Sad to see You go Soldier before you made it to Branson and will miss seeing you in Killeen/Ft Hood. 'Boot to Boot' Sergeant Major-you were a Trooper's Trooper and we are Brothers Still!

Thomas Lon Crabtree-C 1/12 1966-1967 

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Jan 05, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Welcome Brother-hope we see you at one of the upcoming reunions. Thomas L. Crabtree, Charlie Company, 1st-12th, 1966-67, 4th Platoon.

Dec 07, 2015 at 10:47 AM
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Posted on: Oct 14, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Welcome George-I was Charlie Company; came in Aug 66. I too am a recovering Oilfielder-was a Roughneck/Driller/Fishing Tool Operator and Production/Completion Tools Specialist with Baker Oil Tools 70S-80S. Lasted in the 80s collapse until 1988 then went to some small time contract (one-man) construction-refurbing work. Went back to school then worked in an In Residence Therapeutic Treatment Community for Pre-Parole Re-entry Counseling and Re-socialization of Released Inmates from TDCJ. Last 4 Years 1999-2003 before Full Comp and Social Security was along-Term Contract Sub Teacher for Midland High School-Midland, TX. Sorry about your loss and Happy for your new relationship. Your name rings a bell; have you attended any reunions-Division, 12th Regiment or C Company? If not, hope to see you at one of these. Details of 2016 Upcoming ones will be in Crossed Sabers Newsletter, next issue about end of month. It will be posted on the 12th Regiment Web site www.12th Cav.US and if Shakey decides to post on this site. Has Dave Wenzel placed you on 12th Cavalry Regiment Membership Roster? If so, can mail you a printed version of the Crossed Sabers. Let me know-mmctlc3@aol.com, or Cell # 432-853-4851, Home 432-689-8330, Midland, TX.

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Welcome Home! C 1/12 66-67.

Oct 04, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Welcome Home Brother-Thomas Lon Crabtree, C 1/12, 66-67.

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