Fort Lewis released a statement on behalf of Emily McFall, the wife of Staff Sgt. Thomas McFall, killed in action May 28 in Baghdad by a bomb blast as his unit conducted a foot patrol.
“Tommy was my husband, a proud dad, a great son, and a friend to many. We opened our house to many for Christmas and Thanksgiving, so his Soldiers would not be alone for the holidays. We also hosted many a barbecue. Somehow, he always took over the barbecue, even if it was someone else’s house. He was the “BBQ King.” (He made) the best ribs.
Staff Sgt. Thomas McFall
He always had a story to tell you, and sometimes they would take forever, but you listened because he had that kind of hold on you, you wanted to know how it ended. He shared his love of beer and classic rock with the younger Joes, and often teased them about the “crap” music of today.
He just had a special pull about him. He would go into a bar, bathroom, store, anywhere and someone would start talking to him like they knew him. He could always put a positive spin on anything. He made me and a lot of other people better just by knowing him.
He would have had 13 years in (the Army) in October and when many got out he would say to them, ‘it’s the easiest job in the world.’ He loved the brotherhood, and his heart beat red, white, and blue… there was only one exit for him.
So in our time of sorrow, don’t shed a tear, just lift up a beer for Tommy and turn up the classic rock and remember what Tommy loved to say most: ‘Let’s eat.’ Keep us and his fellow brothers that are still over there in your prayers. Come home safe guys- Tommy’s still got your back.”