Col. Thomas A. Marcone, age 76, of Fayetteville, GA, died January 8, 2020. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:30 AM, at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.
LTC (Ret) THOMAS ANTHONY MARCONE, THE CITADEL, CLASS OF 1967
Tom entered The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, with 37 F Company “Knobs” (Freshman) on or about August 23rd, 1963. This began an assimilation into military indoctrination that did not end for him until the latter part of the 1980’s. At graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army, where he then attended all the requisite Quartermaster Schools, including parachute rigging. He knew about logistics before it ever became popular.
His first assignment was with the “Sub-post” or logistics support facility at Butzbach, Germany, that supported the 3rd Armored Division’s 1st Brigade, 1968-69. Shortly thereafter, he was reassigned to Long Binh Army Depot, Republic of Vietnam, 1969 - 1970. Attendance at the QM Advanced Course and other assignments brought him to Washington, DC in the early ‘80’s where he married for a short period of time. Then a short stint in Egypt working on the M1A1 Abrams Tank Production Facility. He moved to Atlanta and, subsequently, Fayetteville, GA where he culminated over twenty years of active duty at Fort McPherson. Upon retirement, he worked for the United States Post Office as a computer programmer and by 2001 he started work for TSA setting up the Hartsfield Airport TSA support immediately after 9/11.
His physical health deteriorated as a result of Agent Orange related ailments causing him to become 100% disabled. He stayed as active as possible, running daily, gym work outs and volunteering at the local elderly care facility in Fayetteville. He joined all of us at our 50th Reunion - indicative of Tom’s character were his “suitcases.” Invariably he’d show up at our reunions with two USPS “discarded” plastic white mail carrier boxes - with his personal possessions! He is predeceased by his parents - Mario and Dorothy Marcone of East Rutherford, NJ.
Tom was a long-time close friend and will be sorely missed - may you rest in peace, brother!
David O. Bird
Colonel, US Army,