Thomas P. McKenna

For the actor, see T. P. McKenna.
Thomas P. McKenna
Born (1930-07-23) July 23, 1930
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1948–1970
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 82nd Airborne Division

Vietnam War

Thomas P. McKenna (born July 23, 1930) is a retired United States Army officer and author. His book Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam won the 2013 William E. Colby Award.[1]

Early life

McKenna was born on July 23, 1930, and raised Nebraska and Florida.[2] He was a Boy Scout and made Eagle rank.[3]

Military career

Upon his graduation from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1948, McKenna enlisted in the army, and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. After a year of service, he was sent to West Point Military Academy. McKenna spent a total of 22 years in the military.[2]

His military education included stints at the Parachute and Glider School, Basic and Advanced Infantry Officer Courses, Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, and the Command and General Staff College. McKenna also obtained a master's degree in history from the University of Kansas.

He was stationed in Germany, Italy, Korea, and Vietnam, spending the last of his military career as an advisor to South Vietnam.[3][4] It was during his time as an advisor to South Vietnamese that the Battle of Kontum occurred.[2]


  1. Gardner, Jan (March 30, 2013). "'Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam' wins Colby Award". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on March 31, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Pollak, Sally (March 8, 2013). "Stowe Vietnam vet wins award for military history book". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Footprints: Retired Lt. Col. Thomas P. McKenna". Fayetteville Observer. January 1, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. "Thomas McKenna". Norwich University. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
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