Americans in Wartime Experience

Tom Esslinger

Vietnam War

During the Vietnam War, Tom Esslinger served his country as a United States Marine.  Tom served with the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3 Marine Division during the Battle of Khe Sanh atop Hill 881 South.  He received a Bronze Star.

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The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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