Colonel (Retired) Thomas J. Gendron, 79, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died February 2, 1999.
Colonel Gendron served with the 26th Infantry Regiment during the summers of 1934-37, and was commissioned as an infantry officer in March 1940.
His assignments include participation in landings in Oran; North Africa; Gela; Sicily; and Omaha Beach, France. He also served in Korea; Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Drum, New York; and Phoenix, Arizona. He retired in 1972 with 33 years of service.
His awards and decorations include two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, two Legions of Merit, Belgian Fourragere, French Fourragere, and Cross of Brigadiers of the Royal Battalion of Phoenix.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; four sons, Lieutenant Colonel J. Marty, Michael P., Joseph L. and Lieutenant Colonel Charles Terry; daughter, Mary M. Gendron; two brothers, Rev. Charles A., and Norman; one sister, Antoinette; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Burial was held February 19 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. with full military honors.
GENDRON, THOMAS J
- COL US ARMY
- WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
- DATE OF BIRTH: 02/17/1919
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/02/1999
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 4320
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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