Thomas Eugene Tennis

1953 - 2007

Vietnam War

Their Story

Thomas Eugene Tennis was born on April 30, 1953, in Columbus, Ohio, to Carl E. Tennis and Rosemarie Klein.1 In 1971, he graduated from Galion High School in Galion, Ohio,2 and enlisted in the U.S. Army the following year. Tennis enlisted for three years of service and soon began basic training at the Army’s Stock Control and Accounting School at Fort Lee, Virginia.3 He served over twenty years in the Army. During this time he served in Germany and Panama. He also served at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., finishing his service at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois.4 On August 31, 1994, he was honorably discharged from the Army.5

He was a member of American legion Post #246 and a lifetime member of Moose Lodge #28. On August 2, 2007, Tennis passed away unexpectedly at his home in Davenport, Iowa. His memorial service was held at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport, and he was interred at the Rock Island National Cemetery.6


1“Application (SS-5) Files, 1936-2007 (Last Names S through T),” The National Archives, n.d., NARA – AAD – Display Full Records – Application (SS-5) Files, 1936 – 2007 (Last Names S through T) (, accessed 23 October 2022.

2“Obituaries: Thomas Tennis,” The Galion Inquirer, Galion, Ohio, 21 August 2007, p.2, 21 Aug 2007, 2 – The Galion Inquirer at

3“Four Area Men Join U.S. Army,” The Galion Inquirer, Galion, Ohio, 24 August 1972, p.7, 24 Aug 1972, 7 – The Galion Inquirer at

4“Obituaries: Thomas Tennis,” The Galion Inquirer, Galion, Ohio.

5“Thomas E Tennis in the U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,” ancestry, n.d., U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 –

6“Thomas E. Tennis,” Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa, 8 August 2007, p.21, 08 Aug 2007, 21 – Quad-City Times at