Llano Cemetery is honored to be the final resting place of USMC Lance Corporal Thomas Creek who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
His citation reads: “For conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company #1 in action against enemy forces.
On February 13, 1969, Lance Corporal Creek’s squad was providing security for a convoy moving to resupply the Vandergrift Combat Base in South Vietnam. A land-mine detonated and destroyed the truck that Thomas was in. Almost immediately, the Marines came under a heavy volume of hostile mortar fire followed by intense small arms fire from a well-concealed enemy force. As his squad deployed to engage the enemy, Lance Corporal Creek quickly moved to a fighting position and aggressively engaged the enemy in the firefight.
Observing a position from which he could more effectively deliver fire against the hostile force, he completely disregarded his own safety as he ran across the bullet-swept terrain and was seriously wounded by enemy fire. During this time, an enemy grenade was thrown between Thomas and 5 other Marines. Fully realizing the consequences of his actions, Creek yelled “I’ve got it, Mac!” and laid upon the grenade absorbing the full force of the explosion with his body saving the lives of at least five of his fellow Marines.
As a result of his heroic deed, his men were inspired to such aggressive action that the enemy was defeated and the convoy was able to continue its vital mission. Lance Corporal Creek’s indomitable courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”