Tom served 2 Tours of Duty in Vietnam. He started his military career in the Navy, then the Marines and retired with 21 years of service in the Army. He served in the Army as a Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne and as a Medic in Headquarters Troop of 7/17 Air Cavalry. He was known for his bravery, honesty, hard work, and dedication as a soldier, earning numerous awards and medals including the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired from Civil Service from Hill Air Force Base, UT.
Sgt. THOMAS D. HOLLIS Jr. of Hornbeck recently had to serve double duty in a visit to one of the Montagnard villages in the Pleiku area. A medical sergeant, HOLLIS generally has only medical duties, but as Viet Cong were reported in the nearby area, he had to serve as a security guard also while the rest of the medical team helped the villagers. Going out into unsecured territory to help the Montagnards is all in a days work for the cavalrymen of the 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry.
– From his hometown newspaper Leesville Daily Leader