TRIMBLE, TOMMY LEE
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SP4 E-4 U.S. Army
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TOMMY LEE TRIMBLE, SPECIALIST FOUR, U.S. ARMY, ODESSA, ECTOR COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Army Commendation's Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Tommy was born in Hereford, Deafsmith County, Texas. He was the son of Clifford C. and Rudy Lavone Trimble. His parents divorced and his mother remarried. He had eight brothers and sisters. He attended Odessa Schools, attending Crockett Junior High and Ector Jr and Sr. High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October, 1966 from Odessa. He completed basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas and AIT in Army Administration and Communications at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He was a communications specialist. He was stationed in Germany previous to starting his tour in Vietnam on April 30, 1968. He was assigned to the 647th Quarter Master Company, 240th Quarter Master Battalion, Qui Nhoh, South Vietnam (1st Log).
Ector County Cemtery, Odessa, Texas
Eleven months and two weeks into his tour and two weeks before he was due to finish his tour in Vietnam and return to civilian life, he suffered a heart attack at 21 years of age and died. He was buried with full miltary honors at the Odessa Cemetery. He was survived by his mother, Ruby Holland of Cucamonga, California, his father, Clifford C. of Odessa, Texas (his father passed away seven months later in November 1969), his brothers; James C. of Denver, Colorado; Jim Wesley of Stanton, Texas; Arlie B. of Pecos, Texas; and Donald Ray who had finished his tour in Vietnam February 20th, 1969; Robert Hatfield (half brother) of Cucamonga, California. He was also survived by his sisters: Mrs. C. J. Wampler of Odessa, Texas; Mrs. Wayne Fair of Houston, Texas; Mrs. Jimmie Aboussie of Denver, Colorado, and Judy Trimble of Cucamonga, California. As a youth, Tommy mostly enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting and spent his time at these activities whenever possible