Thomas F. Healy – Lieutenant General, United States Army

16 December 2004:

Retired United States Army Lieutenant General Thomas F. Healy of Fredericksburg passed away Thursday, December 9, 2004. Tom was a kind and gentle man, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dordie; his daughter, Lori K. Satchell and her husband, C.C., of Cordova, Maryland; and his son, Marc E. Healy and his wife, Virginia, of Harrisonburg. He is also survived by grandchildren, Conner and Alexandra Satchell and Sam and Elizabeth Healy. Other surviving family members are sister-in-law, Jackie Peake; and brothers-in-law, Russell B. Wells and his wife, Viola, and Samuel H. Fields and his wife, Julie.

General Healy was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 18, 1931, to the late Thomas and Helen Healy. He graduated from Holyoke Massachusetts High School, where he was later inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also received graduate degrees from Columbia University (MA) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

His duties of assignment included the Advanced Armor School, tours at West Point as professor of German and later as Executive Tactical Officer of the 3rd Cadet Regiment, two Vietnam tours, including an operations officer for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam High Command working with translators and executive officer of the 3rd Battalion of the 4th Air Cavalry Division.

During his second tour, he commanded the 5th Helicopter Battalion of the 7th Air Cavalry Division, and was later a member of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam staff.

He served on the Department of Army staff in Washington in Personnel and Operations. He also served in staff positions at Allied Forces Central Europe and at NATO Headquarters in Belgium.

His other commands included the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division, Assistant Division Commander and Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division. He later was Commanding General and Commandant of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His distinguished career culminated as Chief of Staff of Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy.

His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars and 19 Air Medals.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery on January 21, 2005, preceded by a 10:45 a.m. Mass at the Old Chapel at Fort Myer.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Class of 1954 Gift Fund, Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, N.Y. 10996.

HEALY, THOMAS F., JR., LTG, USA (Ret.), 73


On December 9, 2004 of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Beloved husband of Dordie (Gloria K.) Healy; loving father of Lori Healy Satchell (Curtis) of Cordova, Maryand, and Marc Edward Healy (Virginia) of Harrisonburg, Virginia; adoring grandfather of Conner and Alexandra Satchell, Sam and Elizabeth Healy; caring brother-in-law of Russell Wells, Jackie Peake and Samuel Fields, Colonel USAF (Retired).

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2005 at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel at 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Rememberances in his memory may be made to the class of '54 Gift Fund, Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Rd., West Point, New York 10998.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 09/18/1931
  • DATE OF DEATH: 12/09/2004

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