The Moving Wall: Thomas Olearnik
Born Dec. 5, 1947.
Died Nov. 19, 1967.
Tom "Bucky" was born in Shamokin and graduated from Mount Carmel Senior High School in 1964.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, drawing and painting.
Tom entered the U.S. Army in September 1966 and was sent to Vietnam April 8, 1967. Tom was assigned to the 1st Air Cavalry and was an infantry squad leader. Tom was killed while making an assault on an enemy held hill Nov. 19, 1967.
Tom received the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Air Medal and the Good conduct Medal.
Surviving Tom at the time of his death were his mother, father, brother and two sisters.
Tom was 19 years old and is remembered on Panel 30E, Line 31.