Tom Herren

[17 APR 1933 - L2 - 20597 - 12 AUG 2017]

Tom Herren Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren and Wheeler's
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren and Jim Darrah
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Don Andrews and Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Jim Darrah and Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Darrah's and Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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Tom Herren and Matt Schepps
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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McNerney's - Herren - Schepps' - Darrah's
['55 Mini-Cruise: APR 2016]



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L-2 Muster: Tom Herren - Dave McNerney - Jim Darrah - Bud Goldstein - Walt Landers - Matt Schepps - Smitty Smetana - Stan Sydenham [Lincoln Memorial - MAY 2011]



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L-2 Muster: Tom Herren - Jim Darrah - Bud Goldstein - Dave McNerney - Stan Sydenham - Matt Schepps - Walt Landers - Smitty Smetana [Vietnam Wall - MAY 2011]



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L-2 Muster: Elaine Smetana - Betty Schepps - Billie Darrah - Peggy Herren - Cyndy McNerney - Bonnie Landers - Dorothy Goldstein [Lincoln Memorial - MAY 2011]



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L-2 Muster: Carla Sydenham - Dorothy Goldstein - Betty Schepps - Peggy Herren - Cyndy McNerney - Bonnie Landers [WWII Memorial - MAY 2011]



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Tom Herren - Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Bud Goldstein
[L-2 Get-together - Tyson's Corner VA - AUG 2009]



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In uniform: Members of MATES - Rear: Sydenham - Smetana - Darrah - Herren - Front:Carla Sydenham - Elaine Smetana - Billie Darrah - Peggy Herren. [L-2 Mini-Muster - Hattiesburg MS - Camp Shelby - MAY 2009]



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Rear: Herren - Darrah - Smetana - McNerney - Cutchin - Schepps - Schlotter - Sydenham - Front: Peggy Herren - Billie Darrah - Elaine Smetana - Cyndy McNerney - Betty Schepps - Nancy Cutchin - Carla Sydenham [L-2 Mini-Muster - New Orleans - Jackson Square - MAY 2009]



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Paula Campbell - Dianne and Phil Enslow - Peggy
and Tom Herren [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tom Herren - Jim Darrah - Jim Cutchin
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Peggy Herren - Jim Cutchin - Jim Drummond -
Nancy Cutchin [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Peggy Herren - Billie Darrah - Buddy Roberts - Jerry
Denman - Laura Haas [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Bill and Paula Edwards - Peggy Herren
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Billie Darrah - Peggy Herren - Libby Munroe - Jim
Darrah - Tom Herren [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Billie Darrah - Peggy Herren - Libby Munroe
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tom Herren
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Treasure Delashaw and Jim Darrah
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Tom Herren and Jim Cutchin
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Tom and Peggy Herren
[AUG 2001]



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Tom Herren and Don Hilbert
[1988]



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Pop Warner - Dick Masson and
Tom Herren [1988]



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Herren - McGuire - Roades -
Edwards - Nidever [1987]



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Ann Gunderson - Tom Herren and Date
[1986]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCullough - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

Larger Size



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Capt. R.D. Snyder - Lt. Henry W. Meetze - SFC Joe E. Marshall - Lt. Thomas W. Herren - Maj. John F. Rose [Ft. Hood Skeet Tourney winners - DEC 1956]



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L-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Goldstein - Hardy - Schlotter - Faurer - Cutchin - Landers - 2nd Row: Mayson - Darrah - Volkstadt - Barker - 3rd Row: Herren - Karnes - Doerr - Smetana - 4th Row: McNerney - Maus - Spellman - Schepps - Sydenham (CO)



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Tom Herren and Jim Darrah
[1954]



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Tom Herren - Smitty Smetana - Jim Darrah
[1954]



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Tom Herren - Skeet Team Captain
[1954 - 1955]



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Massey - ? - Herren - Jeter - Stan Johnson
[c1954]



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1953 Goat Team
[Goats 13 - Engineers 7]

2nd Row: ? - Major "Irregardless" Smith - Stern - ? - Herren - Coleman - Dilts x55 - Wilkinson - Patton - Doyle - McGrevey - Ewing - ? - Strati - ? - C. Martin - ? - Steinman - Lowry - John Miller - West - Gunderson - Quinn - Whittaker - Napier - Pace - Nidever - 1st Row: Hall - Greer - Trobaugh - Woodruff x55 - Auger - Gransback - Nichols - W. Smith - George Smith x55 - C. Johnson



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Bill Maus - Tom Herren - John Spellman
[Air Force Trip - 1953]



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Tom Herren and F-94 at Eglin AFB
[Air Force Trip - 1953]



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Herren - Malone - Bazilwich - AF Captain - Olvey - Weden - Doerr - Holbrook - Hall - Perkins - Wargowsky - Burroughs [Air Force Trip - 1953]



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Tom Herren
[CAMID - JUN 1953]



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Tom Herren - Jim Darrah - Smitty Smetana
[CAMID - JUN 1953]



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Tom Herren
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Tom Herren
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Tom Herren
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Tom Herren
[1952]



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Art Phipps '53 recognizes Jim Darrah
and Tom Herren [1952]



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Fran and Dave McNerney - Jennifer Chazal and
Dan Dugan - Carol Ziegler and Tom Herren [1951]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary




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Thomas Wade Herren, Jr.

Thomas Wade Herren, Jr. was born on 31 July 1933 in Georgia. He was appointed to West Point from the 5th District of Alabama and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company L 2, graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Infantry.



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THOMAS WADE HERREN JR

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Born: Ft. McPherson, (Atlanta) GA April 17, 1933

Father: LTG(ret) Thomas Wade Herren Dadeville, AL U AL 1914 Aug 9, 1895-June 4, 1985
Mother: Lillian Corcoran Herren El Paso, TX Nov 22, 1902-Aug 28,1990
Brother: COL(ret) John Daniel Herren Ft. Orgelthorpe, GA USMA 1958 Sept 10, 1935-
Grandfather: CAPT Thomas M Corcoran USMA 1891 Nov 19,1869-Oct 24,1913

Personal
lst Marriage: Patience Saunders Wash DC Jun 2,1962-May 28,2015 Divorce: June 12,1975
Son: Thomas Wade Herren III Mar 20, 1964
Daughter: Katherine Kyle Herren Jan 1,1966
2nd Marriage: Margaret Allen Atlanta GA Sept 10,1941
Daughter: Sarah Hanawald Jan 8 1967
Daughter: Jennifer Hanawald Jan 12, 1969

Childhood
1933-36 Ft. Ogelthorpe, GA, Ft. Riley,KS
1937-41 Ft. Benning,GA
1941-42 Camp Livingston, Pineville, LA
1943 Ft. Hood, TX (Temple, TX)
1944 Ft. Riley, KS
1945 El Paso, TX
1946-47 Ft. Sam Houston San Antonio, TX 7th,8th Grade
1948-49 Seoul, Korea Qtrs 9, SO SA HYUN CHUNG 9th,10th,11th Grade
1949-50 Tokyo, Japan Meguro High School 1/2 12th Grade
1950 Woodrow Wilson HS Washington DC 1/2 12th Grade
1951 Sullivans Prep School Washington DC USMA Prep School

Military Career
1951-55 USMA Cadet West Point, NY
1955-56 Infantry School 2nd Lt. Infantry Ft. Benning, GA
1956-57 2/50th Inf 4th Armd Div Ft. Hood, TX - Erlangen, Germany
1958-59 same 1st Lt Bn Spt Plat Ldr Erlangen, Germany
1960 Student,Infantry School Career Course Ft. Benning, GA
1962 Staff, Inf School Instr,Wpns Dept Ft. Benning ,GA
1963-64 Korea Capt Co Cmdr, S3 2/12th Cav
1964-67 ROTC Univ Rhode Island ROTC Instr. MA Deg Economics Kingston, RI
1967-68 Bn XO, 1/50th Inf (4 mos) Major 2nd Bde 1st Cav Div S2-S3 KheSahn/Dong Ha
1969-70 CGSC LTC Ft. Leavenwoth, KS
1971-73 DA S3 Pentagon DA G3 Operations, Washington DC
1974-78 OTEA Inf Wpns Systems Fairfax, VA
1976 30 Nov Retired Washington DC

Retirement
1976-82 Consultant, Systems Planning Corp, Arlington, VA US Army Strategic Systems
1978 23 June Marriage. Margaret Allen Atlanta, GA
1983-90 Consultant, MITRE Corp, Tysons Crnr, VA Strategic Command and Control Systems
PCS Washington DC to Jacksonville, FL
Porsche Club America activities
1978-1993 15 yrs Driving Instructor, Potomac Region, PCA
1999-2011 17 yrs Driving Instructor, Florida Crown Region, PCA
1998-2001 4 yrs President, Florida Crown Region, PCA

Tom Herren
July 2015


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Thomas Wade Herren Jr

PERSONAL DATA

Born Ft. McPherson, GA (Atlanta) April 17, 1933
First marriage: Patience Saunders June 2, 1962
divorce: June 12, 1975 DOD May 28,2015
Children:
Thomas Wade Herren III Born Ft. Belvior, VA Mar 20, 64
Married to Sydney Lynn Collins Fairfax, VA June 22,1991
Katherine Kyle Herren Born: Kingstown NAS, RI, Jan 1, 66
Married to Roger Mody Sept 27 2003 Fairfax,VA
Son: Maxwell Anthony Mody born Aug 2005 Fairfax,VA
Second marriage: Margaret Allen June 23 1978
Former husband: Hanawald, Len LTC, US Army, Cl 57
KIA VietNam Sept 3,1969
Children: Sarah Jan 8 67 - Jennifer Jan 12 69

US Army service:
Graduate: 1955 United States Military Academy, West Point NY
Branch: Infantry
Stations and Duties:
Ft Hood, Texas, 4th Armd Div, 2nd Bn 50th Inf. 1956 Moved with that unit to Erlangen, Germany in 1957. Duty in Germany to 1960
Army Infantry School Ft Benning GA, Infanty Advance Course and then Tactical Dept, US Army Infantry School Instructor 1960-1962
Assigned Korea 1st Cav Div 63-64
ROTC Univ of RI, 1964-66 . MA in Economics
Vietnam 1st Cav Div Bn XO, 1st Bn, 50th Inf and 2d Brigade S3 CCB 1967-68 Bong Son, Phu My, Que Son Valley, Khe Sanh, A Shaw Valley
Hqs 1st Army Ft Meade, Md. Duty with G3 pending CGSC 1969
Ft. Leavenworth, KS CGSC 1970
HQs Dept of Army, Office of Chief of Staff G3 Pentagon. Developed Army
Unified Command Plan. Awarded Legion of Merit . 1970-73
Operational Test and Evaluation Agency 1974-76
Retired, LTC, 30 Nov 1976

Consultant Service
System Planning Corp,Arlington,VA. US Amy Strategic Systems consultant 1977-82
MITRE Corp. McLean, VA. Strategic Command and Control Systems
Military Command Systems consultant 1982-90

Retirement
Moved to Jacksonville, FL July 1993. Retired activities included: Porsche Club of America (PCA) membership since 1960, President PCA-Florida Crown Region 1998-2001. Skeet/Trap shooing. Photography. Golf.

Tom Herren
July 2015


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THOMAS WADE HERREN JR

BORN: April 17, 1933 at Ft. McPherson (Atlanta) GA

Tom's earliest memories begin with grammar school at Ft. Benning, GA, He was an 'Army Brat", one of the two sons of then Captain Thomas W Herren, Cavalry Instructor and super polo player, who retired in 1958 as Commander, First Army, at Governors Island, New York.

Tom's high school started at San Antonio, TX while his Dad served at Ft. San Houston. The family then moved to Seoul, Korea 1946-49 where he attended Seoul American School and then Meguro High School, Tokyo, Japan for about 4 months, returning to the US in June 1949 to finish at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington DC. Tom's time prior to entry into West Point Class of 55 was spent in the US Navy Reserve at Anacostia Naval Air Station and Sullivan's Prep School in Washington DC 1950-51. A tough Plebe year began in 1951 and one of the grandest moments of Tom's cadet career was the end of that year. His cadet company was L-2. There were seventeen in L-2 for graduation in 1955, and those classmates have remained his closest friends throughout his military and civilian years. He excelled in skeet shooting, and served as Captain of the Skeet Team for his junior and senior year and enjoyed introducing the game to Yearlings at Camp Buckner the summer of 1954. He was thrilled to have his younger brother, John, follow him into West Point in 1953, and to also have his family close by at Governors Island, New York, where his Dad was Commanding General, First Army.

Tom's military career began with a year at the Infantry School at Ft. Benning, GA, and included Airborne Training. His first duty assignment was to the 4th Armored Division, Ft. Hood, TX, and he deployed as a 2nd Lt. with the 2nd Bn, 50th Inf, 4th Armored Division to Erlangen, Germany. Duty assignments during the following three years included service as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Asst. Bn. S4. Off-duty activities included an introduction to Porsche automobiles and racing instruction at the Nurburgring with instructors Wolfgang von Tripps and Sterling Moss being the most remembered. His love of cars, particularly Porsche's, continued throughout his life.

He returned to Ft. Benning for the Infantry Career course in 1960, and remained at Ft. Benning for the next two years as an instructor with the Weapons Department. It was also during this period that he married his first wife, Patience, and was then transferred to lst Cav Division at Nublori, Korea, serving a year as Company Commander, and as S3 and S2 from 1963 to 1964. His son, Wade, was born during this tour in Korea. Reassignment from Korea took the family to Univ of Rhode Island, ROTC duty and a Masters Degree in Economics. His one son was joined by a sister, Kyle, born while on this ROTC assignment.

From ROTC duty Tom was ordered to Vietnam ! From teaching it to doing it ! He was a Major now and the year Sept 1967 to Sept 1968 started with his assignment as XO, 1st Bn, 50th In, to move with them from Ft. Hood, Texas to Vietnam by ship, where they were the first armored infantry battalion assigned to the lst Cav Division. He was the Battalion XO for 4 months and then transferred to lst Cav Div to be the S3, 2nd Bde, 1st Cav Division just prior to the advance to the DMZ and the relief of the lst Marine Division at Khe Sanh. The 2d Bde was still operating against regular NVA forces crossing the DMZ in that part of Vietnam when his tour completed in 1968. He was happy to rejoin his wife and both children in Annapolis, MD where she had spent the 'war year' near her family.

In 1969 Tom moved to Ft. Leavenworth, KS for a years study at Command and General Staff College. This year also allowed him to obtain a private pilots license thru the flying club instructors at Ft. Leavenworth. He continued this 'hobby' thru the lessons and flight time necessary for instrument, commercial and flight instructors rating. This was a wonderful pastime for the next fifteen years. He also renewed his skeet and trap shooting, which remained an active hobby. He returned to Washington DC in 1971 after the year at Ft. Leavenworth and joined the 'Action Officers" of the Chief of Staff, Operations (G3) at the Pentagon, with a home in Falls Church, VA, very close to his parents in Washington, DC just across the Potomac River. One of his significant products was the creation of the Army Unified Command Plan. This documentation earned him the Legion of Merit. After three year in the Pentagon he become director, Infantry Weapons Development Branch, in the newly created Operational Test and Evaluation Agency (OTEA). He and Patience were divorced in 1975. Tom retired in 1976 after 21 years of service to work as consultant with Systems Planning Corporation.

In 1978 Tom met and married Peggy, whose husband, Len Hanawald, Class '57, was KIA in Vietnam nine years earlier. She brought with her two lovely daughters, Sarah and Jennifer. Tom continued working with System Planning Corp. until 1982, when offered a consulting position with MITRE Corporation managing Strategic Command and Control Systems development. In this office he maintained liaison with joint headquarters operational activities in Korea and NATO, and especially USAEUR until early 1990. At that time the Army contingent of MITRE was discontinued.

In 1993 Peggy and Tom decided to relocate to a Jacksonville, Florida golf course community, close to the beach, and his lake properties near Dadeville, Alabama. Tom leaves a brother, Retired Col John Daniel Herren, Class 1958, and his wife, Sally, in Bethesda, MD. His daughter, Katherine Kyle Herren, married Roger Mody, retired President of Signal Corp, and they have a son, Max with them in McLean, VA. His son Wade is married to Syd, and owns and manages a construction firm from their home in Manassas, VA.

Tom's time on this earth has been blessed by friendships and experiences of service in the United Sates Army. Disappointments have been countered by unparalleled joys of accomplishment and a loving family.

Tom Herren
July 2015


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TAPS Check List

1. Birthplace and date - Ft. McPherson (Atlanta) GA, April 17, 1033

2. Parents names - LTG Thomas Wade Herren (US Army,Ret) and Mrs. Lillian Corcoran Herren

3. No. of siblings - One. Brother. COL John D Herren (Ret) Class 1958

4. High School - Mark Twain HS, San Antonio, TX, Seoul American School , Korea, Meguro High School, Tokyo, Japan, Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington DC

5. High School sports - tennis, softball

6. Other high school activities - swimming, drama

7. Non-school activities - auto repair

8. Civilian College or Military Prep School - Sullivans Prep School

9. Civilian College sports - none

10. Prior military service, branch and rank- Naval Air Reserve, AA, V6

11. Type of appointment to USMA - Congressional, Alabama

12. USMA Roommates - James Darrah, Dave McNerney, Matt Schepps James Barker

13. Close friends at USMA - none

14. Wife info, including how met, place of marriage. First wife: Patience S Saunders, Met in Washington DC married 1962 Wash DC. Two children, Divorced 1975. Second wife: Margaret Allen. Married 1978 Two daughters of previous marriage to Len Hanawald Cl'57, Jennifer and Sarah. Home in Washington DC.

15. Children info. Son, Thomas Wade Herren III, married to Syd, and President/ Owner TWH Construction, Manassas,Va Daughter.Katherine Kyle Herren married to Roger Mody, McLean, Va. Stepdaughter. Sarah Hanawald married to Bryan Simmons Raleigh, NC. Stepdaughter. Jennifer Hanawald married to Warren Rabin, Montclair, NJ.

16. Suggested and/or preferred author for TAPS article - COL John D Herren, brother Cl'57

17. Others who can fill in gaps about you - wife Margaret , son Wade, and three daughters listed above

18. Classmates with whom you served- - Williard Holbrook, 1956-57 4th Armd Div, Ft Hood, TX

19. Major military assignments, if not listed in Register - as shown below
1951-55 USMA Cadet West Point, NY
1955-56 Infantry School 2nd Lt. Infantry Ft. Benning, GA
1956-57 2/50th Inf 4th Armd Div Ft. Hood, TX - Erlangen, Germany
1958-59 same 1st Lt Bn Spt Plat Ldr Erlangen, Germany
1960 Student,Infantry School Career Course Ft. Benning, GA
1962 Staff, Inf School Instr,Wpns Dept Ft. Benning ,GA
1963-64 Korea Capt Co Cmdr, S3 2/12th Cav
1964-67 ROTC Univ Rhode Island ROTC Instr. MA Deg Economics Kingston, RI
1967-68 Bn XO, 1/50th Inf (4 mos) Major 2nd Bde 1st Cav Div S2-S3 KheSahn/Dong Ha
1969-70 CGSC LTC Ft. Leavenwoth, KS
1971-73 DA S3 Pentagon DA G3 Operations, Washington DC
1974-78 OTEA Inf Wpns Systems Fairfax, VA
1976 30 Nov Retired Washington DC

20. Second career info -

Two positions with corporations shown below:

1976-82 Consultant, Systems Planning Corp, Arlington, VA US Army Strategic Systems
1983-90 Consultant, MITRE Corp, Tysons Crnr, VA Strategic Command and Control Systems

21. Misc -

Porsche Club America activities
1978-1993 15 yrs Driving Instructor, Potomac Region, PCA
1999-2011 17 yrs Driving Instructor, Florida Crown Region, PCA
1998-2001 4 yrs President, Florida Crown Region, PCA22.

Tom Herren
July 2015


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Local Classmate Assistant (LCA) Information

Class Remembrance: Wreath

Preferred Charity: None

Suggested LCA: COL John D Herren (ret) Class 1958



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Thomas Wade Herren, Jr.

It is my sad duty to inform you that Tom Herren died this morning in Jacksonville, Fla. Tom had been suffering from inoperable lung cancer and was under hospice care. He is survived by his wife, Peggy. I have not yet received information on services planned for Tom, but will forward that information when received. Jim Darrah has volunteered to serve as LCA to the family.

Be Thou at Peace...

~jackC
Jack Campbell
12 August 2017


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Thomas Wade Herren, Jr.

LTC Thomas Wade Herren, Jr., age 84, of Jacksonville Florida, died August 12, 2017 in Jacksonville after a brief illness. Tom was born at Ft. McPherson, GA, in 1933 to Thomas Wade and Lillian Corcoran Herren. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1955 and his L-2 classmates remained among his closest friends throughout his life. Tom served with distinction for 21 years in the United States Army (Infantry), achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in troop and staff commands in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. In the latter assignment, he fought with the 1st Cavalry Division in some of the hardest fighting of the war against regular North Vietnamese Units that infiltrated into South Vietnam during the TET Offensive. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm for his actions in Vietnam 1967-1968. Later, on the Army Staff, he received the Legion of Merit for his distinguished work on the Army Unification Command Plan. Tom retired in 1976 and had a second career as a military consultant.

Tom is survived by his wife, Margaret Allen Herren, his brother John Daniel Herren, and his sister-in-law Sally Hand Herren. He leaves behind his children: Thomas Wade Herren III (Sydney), Kyle Herren Mody (Roger), Sarah Hanawald (Bryan), and Jennifer Hanawald (Warren) and six grandchildren: Mikelyn, Olivia, Julianna, Caroline, Georgia, and Max.

An avid hobbyist, Tom actively pursued his interests in skeet shooting, Porsche racing, golf, and flying throughout his life. His shooting skill earned him countless medals as well as the distinction of serving as the captain of the West Point Skeet team for two years. Tom taught his children, along with his son and daughter-in-laws, nieces, and nephews, to drive and shoot. In retirement, Tom was able to share his knowledge with the larger community, serving as a driving instructor and president of the Porsche Club.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Tom’s memory to Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation.


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Tom Herren Services

There will be a local funeral service in Jacksonville, FL on Monday 21 August at 1300 hrs at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra. Address is 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Hotels nearby are the Marriott Sawgrass 904 285 7777 and the Hilton Garden Inn 904 280 1611. There will be a funeral service with full military honors and burial at Arlington Cemetery later on this year or early in 2018.

Information was received from Tom’s brother John via Matt Schepps.


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Tom Herren Services

My wife, Billie, accompanied me to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where we were invited to a gathering of the family and friends at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club on Sunday, 20 August 2017, to renew acquaintances and recall memories of Tom Herren. I presented a slide show of photos of Tom gleaned from my own files and the class web site together with many family photos provided by Tom’s daughter-in-law, Sydney Herren. Tom’s wife, Peggy, and the family expressed great appreciation for the presentation.

We attended the funeral and Celebration of the Life of Tom on 21 Aug 2017, at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The beautiful ceremony was very well attended by many of Tom and Peggy’s friends from the local area. At the service, Tom’s brother, John D. Herren (USMA 1958), delivered a moving eulogy remembering his early days growing up with Tom and their service as Infantry officers. Following the service, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall. Memorabilia from Tom’s life was displayed at the reception.

Grip hands,
Jim Darrah, ’55, L-2
“Continue to March”


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