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Master Sergeant Thomas Saunders served as a team chief for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Master Sergeant Saunders was born in Bonn, Germany. After graduating High School in Virginia, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended basic training in June of 1999. Following basic training, he attended the School of Infantry as was assigned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines aboard Camp Lejeune, NC.

While in 2d Battalion, 6th Marines LCpl Saunders deployed twice with aboard the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in OPERATION DYNAMIC RESPONSE in Kosovo, and the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) participating in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Returning from deployment Sgt Saunders was selected to go to Special Operations Command-Central and then assigned to a special operations task force participating in combat operations in western Iraq for the early portion of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Returning from Iraq, Sgt Saunders returned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines and then deployed to Okinawa, Japan for 10 months. Sgt Saunders then received orders to 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) in Norfolk, Virginia after attending the Basic Security Guard Course in 2004. While in 1st FAST, Sgt Saunders deployed to NAVEUR, and Iraq in support of contingency operations and held Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Chief, and Company Gunnery Sergeant Billets.

In December of 2007, Staff Sergeant Saunders was assigned to 2d Battlion, 1st Marines in Camp Pendleton, Calif. While there he held Platoon Sergeant, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, and Platoon Commander billets, and deployed to Iraq in 2009.

In 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Saunders was assigned to the Marine Special Operations Regiment and was designated a critical skills operator after spending eight months as a liason to US Army Special Operations Command. In February of 2011 he was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Command. In September 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant where he deployed later that month as team chief.

Master Sergeant Saunders decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, (2) Navy Marine Commedation Medal, (5) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, and (5) Good Conduct Medals.


On the eve of 0311, which happens to also be the military occupational specialty for Infantry Marines, Tom lost his life doing what he loved to do; train Marines to go down range and fight - an infantryman through and through. What originally started off as a fund started by some of the members of Tom's old platoon while in FAST Company has spread to friends, family, and citizen's throughout the United States. Help us beat this goal and honor his life with a small token of appreciation to pass on to his son.


All funds collected will be held by the not-for-profit organization Fallen Not Forgotten, Inc. and will be distributed to Tom's son when the time comes to assist with post secondary educational expenses (Tuition, boarding, meal plan, books, etc...) working with his mother Danielle.


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  • Julie Kreisman 5 years ago

    RIP and God bless you for your service. You paid the alternate price for my freedon

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  • $ 100
    Greenlief Family
    4 years

    Always in our heart......

  • $ 45
    David Burrell
    5 years

    I hold the highest degree of respect for all marines. God bless. This donation is the least we can do. Rest in peace. Semper Fi.

  • $ 150
    Anonymous
    5 years

    OHHS sends their love and prayers. God Bless.

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Master Sergeant Thomas Saunders served as a team chief for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Master Sergeant Saunders was born in Bonn, Germany. After graduating High School in Virginia, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended basic training in June of 1999. Following basic training, he attended the School of Infantry as was assigned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines aboard Camp Lejeune, NC.

While in 2d Battalion, 6th Marines LCpl Saunders deployed twice with aboard the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and participated in OPERATION DYNAMIC RESPONSE in Kosovo, and the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) participating in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Returning from deployment Sgt Saunders was selected to go to Special Operations Command-Central and then assigned to a special operations task force participating in combat operations in western Iraq for the early portion of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Returning from Iraq, Sgt Saunders returned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marines and then deployed to Okinawa, Japan for 10 months. Sgt Saunders then received orders to 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) in Norfolk, Virginia after attending the Basic Security Guard Course in 2004. While in 1st FAST, Sgt Saunders deployed to NAVEUR, and Iraq in support of contingency operations and held Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Chief, and Company Gunnery Sergeant Billets.

In December of 2007, Staff Sergeant Saunders was assigned to 2d Battlion, 1st Marines in Camp Pendleton, Calif. While there he held Platoon Sergeant, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, and Platoon Commander billets, and deployed to Iraq in 2009.

In 2010, Gunnery Sergeant Saunders was assigned to the Marine Special Operations Regiment and was designated a critical skills operator after spending eight months as a liason to US Army Special Operations Command. In February of 2011 he was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Command. In September 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant where he deployed later that month as team chief.

Master Sergeant Saunders decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, (2) Navy Marine Commedation Medal, (5) Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, and (5) Good Conduct Medals.


On the eve of 0311, which happens to also be the military occupational specialty for Infantry Marines, Tom lost his life doing what he loved to do; train Marines to go down range and fight - an infantryman through and through. What originally started off as a fund started by some of the members of Tom's old platoon while in FAST Company has spread to friends, family, and citizen's throughout the United States. Help us beat this goal and honor his life with a small token of appreciation to pass on to his son.


All funds collected will be held by the not-for-profit organization Fallen Not Forgotten, Inc. and will be distributed to Tom's son when the time comes to assist with post secondary educational expenses (Tuition, boarding, meal plan, books, etc...) working with his mother Danielle.


CREATED BY:

Fallen Not Forgotten Inc

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"With willing hearts and skillful hands, the difficult we do at once; the impossible takes a bit longer."
  • $ 100
    Greenlief Family
    4 years

    Always in our heart......

  • $ 45
    David Burrell
    5 years

    I hold the highest degree of respect for all marines. God bless. This donation is the least we can do. Rest in peace. Semper Fi.

  • $ 150
    Anonymous
    5 years

    OHHS sends their love and prayers. God Bless.

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  • Julie Kreisman 5 years ago

    RIP and God bless you for your service. You paid the alternate price for my freedon

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