Stories of Honor: Two-tour Vietnam vet Tom Booth earned Bronze Star

Helena’s Thomas Booth served two tours in Vietnam, in 1965-66 and 1969-70, with the 101st Airborne.

During his second tour, at the age of 37 and the father of nine, he garnered a coveted Bronze Star.

“Master Sergeant Thomas E. Booth distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 2 October 1969 to 1 October 1970,” according to Booth’s Bronze Star Medal certificate, “while serving as the maintenance noncommissioned officer, office of the assistant chief of staff, G-4, Headquarters, I Field Force Vietnam.

“Sergeant Booth made numerous visits to combat and logistical units to observe and to provide technical assistance to these units in their field positions. Through application of his technical knowledge and characteristic he always accomplished assigned missions in an outstanding manner.”

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The document describes how the 5-foot-5 ½, 160-pound paratrooper “assisted units in improving their material readiness posture” through expediting the flow of critical repair parts and keeping them current with the latest maintenance directives.

“Master Sergeant Thomas E. Booth’s professional competence, unfailing loyalty, exceptional devotion to duty and outstanding achievements were

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