Tom Blevins Scholarship Fund

$5,550 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 21 months
The MTHS Classes of 1965, 1966 and 1967 are setting up a Scholarship Fund in the name of Tom Lee Blevins Jr. Class of 1966. This scholarship will be awarded with The Tom Blevins Outstanding Wrestler Award, given each year to the Wrestler who shows the traits that made Tommy the wrestler he was and the Man he became. Tommy was killed in action in Vietnam and awarded the Navy Cross. See below his "Award and Citation" presented in the Hall of Valor Military Times.

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Thomas Lee Blevins Jr. (MCSN2255036), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 31 May 1969,  while Corporal Blevins maneuvered his squad as the point element of a company-sized search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province, the Marines came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from a large enemy force occupying well-concealed, fortified emplacements. Observing that three of his men had been wounded and had fallen in an unprotected area close to the hostile positions, Corporal Blevins unhesitatingly left his relatively secure position and ran across the fire-swept terrain to the side of his companions. After kneeling in a dangerously exposed position to administer first aid to one of his comrades, he removed the man to waiting medical attention behind the friendly line. He then again braved the hostile fire raking the area and, after administering brief emergency treatment to the second wounded Marine, moved him back to the company's defensive perimeter. When he raced to the aid of the third man, they both became pinned down by concentrated enemy fire. Corporal Blevins, in full view of the enemy troops, hurled a hand grenade which diverted their attention sufficiently to allow him time to move the injured Marine to safety, but before he could attain a covered position himself, he was mortally wounded by small-arms fire. His heroic efforts and selfless concern for his fellow men inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of three Marines. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Blevins upheld the highest tradition of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: 31-May-69
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 26th Marines, 9th Amphibious Brigade
Division: III Marine Amphibious Force
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Thanks to all classmates and friends who helped make this Scholarship Fund in Tom Blevins Name a success. Rod Paladino has met with the Wrestling Coach at MTHS and donated the money. We will announce at a later date how it is being dispersed. Thanks again all. Much appreciated.
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$5,550 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 21 months
Created September 24, 2016
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$1,500
Anonymous
16 months ago
R&
$50
Ray Veth, '70
19 months ago

A true hero!

CK
$110
Cheryl Rader Keene
19 months ago

Remembering the good times Ken and I shared with you and Linda in high school. Your memory still remains in our hearts.

PM
$100
Paul Mohair
20 months ago

best of luck with this, Russ..

RH
$50
Russell Howard
20 months ago

Donation is from Paulette Murphy Raub, (Class of 67). Tom was a friend and this is an honor to dontate to his memory.

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