Thomas Howard Tackaberry
LTG. Thomas H. Tackaberry
|Born||September 6, 1923|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||April 3, 2017 93) (aged|
Fayetteville, North Carolina
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||1942–1981|
|Commands held|| United States Army Airborne School |
245th Quartermaster Depot Supply Company
Platoon, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment
Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
196th Infantry Brigade
82nd Airborne Division
XVIII Airborne Corps
|Battles/wars|| World War II |
|Awards|| Distinguished Service Cross (3)|
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (5)
Legion of Merit (3)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (3)
Air Medal (52)
Thomas Howard Tackaberry (September 6, 1923 – April 3, 2017) was a lieutenant general in the United States Army. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was a recipient of three Distinguished Service Crosses and served as Commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps from 1979 to 1981."Described as a 'grunt's angel', Lt. Gen. Tackaberry was devoted to his men, not only ensuring they were always supplied for the fight but physically prepared as well. Leading from the front, Lt. Gen. Tackaberry set a high bar for fitness with his men and led them on long training runs", stated Richard Hudson to the 115th congressional session on May 19, 2017. Tackaberry is one of the highly decorated officers in the U.S. Army. He ranks among the 10 most decorated military servicemembers in the U.S. military history.
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U.S. Army Reserve 1942-1943
U.S. Army 1943-1981
World War II 1942-1945
Cold War 1945-1981
Korean War 1952-1953
Vietnam War 1966-1967, 1969-1970
In 1952, while serving as a company commander, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism near Chorwon, Korea when he voluntarily went to relieve a patrol which had lost its commander. Tackaberry directed the soldiers back toward their own lines and personally covered their retreat at the risk of his own life. He also received two Silver Stars for his service in Korea.
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In 1969, he had been promoted to colonel|colonel and was the brigade commander of the 196th Infantry Brigade when he earned a third Distinguished Service Cross, making him one of the few individuals who had earned three or more Distinguished Service Crosses. Tackaberry also received three more Silver Stars for his service in Vietnam. He then served as Chief of Staff of the 23rd Infantry Division.
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Tackaberry and his wife Lilian had six children. Their twin sons, Burt and Kief Tackaberry served as officers in the Army. His eldest grandson, Lt Col. Andrew S. Tackaberry took command of 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment from June 2015 to 2017. Another grandson, Lt Col. Jonathan P. Tackaberry took command of 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment on May 2017.[Lt. Gen. Tackaberry retired from military service after 38 years. He then transitioned to managing a real estate business and counseling in the military of the Republic of China for BDC Corp. Tackaberry remained very dedicated to fitness all his life to include at the age of 93 years old and confined to a wheel chair. After being challenged by a family member he completed 10 push-ups on his feet.
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Thomas Tackaberry died on April 3, 2017.He was predeceased by his son Richard and daughter Elizabeth. He is buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on August 23, 2017.
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His military awards include:
| Combat Infantryman Badge |
|Master Parachutist Badge|
| Distinguished Service Cross |
with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal||Army Distinguished Service Medal|| Silver Star |
with 4 bronze oak leaf clusters
| Legion of Merit |
with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters
|Distinguished Flying Cross||Soldier's Medal|
| Bronze Star |
with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters
|Purple Heart|| Air Medal |
with Combat V and Award numerals 52
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|| Army Commendation Medal |
with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster
|Army Good Conduct Medal|
|American Campaign Medal||World War II Victory Medal||Army of Occupation Medal|
| National Defense Service Medal |
with 1 bronze service star
| Korean Service Medal |
with 3 bronze campaign stars
| Vietnam Service Medal |
with 1 silver and 1 bronze campaign stars
|Army Service Ribbon|| Army Overseas Service Ribbon |
with Award numeral 7
| Vietnam Cross of Gallantry |
with 2 Palms
| Vietnam Cross of Gallantry |
with 2 Silver Stars
| Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal |
| Vietnam Staff Service Medal |
|United Nations Korea Medal||Vietnam Campaign Medal||Republic of Korea War Service Medal|
| Valorous Unit Award |
with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster
|Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation|| Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation |
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