Thomas James Gillies – First Sergeant, United States Army

I would like to know if it would be possible to have my father, First Sergeant Thomas J. Gillies, added to your website.

He was inurned in the Columbarium on  6 July 2005.

He was a WWII veteran serving with the 51st Signal Battalion assigned to the 7th Armored Division. He saw action in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily, nd then from southern France into central Europe. He was the first sergeant of A Co., 51st Signal Battalion.

I have included his obituary below along with the list of those persons buried at Arlington that day.  I would be happy to supply any further information you may need.

Thank you, Sean Gillies.

Obituary from the Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi 25 May 2005

Thomas James Gillies
MARTINSBURG, West Virginia

Services and inurnment for Thomas James Gillies will be held at 11 a.m. on July 6, 2005, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Sergeant Gillies, 82, of Meridian, Mississippi, died Friday, May 20, 2005, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born June 20, 1922, in New York City, he was the son of the late Thomas and Jeanette McKay Gillies.

He was executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, Yazoo City, Mississippi, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

Survivors include his son, Sean Gillies and his wife, Fionna, of Martinsburg; three daughters, Samantha Cox and her husband, Lieutenant Commander Graham Cox, of Meridian, Sabrina Gillies of Mississippi and Sonja Gillies of Michigan; seven grandchildren, Rachel Cox and Khristopher Beal, Jeffrey, Justin, Jasmin, Tabitha and Brittany; and a sister, Jeanette Gillies.

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