Tommy joined the New Zealand Army on 19 June 1967. He did his Burnham MC. Then shortly after completing these he was posted to Terendak MC.
Pte TH Murray became a rifleman of 3 Platoon Whiskey Company. He was one of approximately twenty new soldiers with less than a year of service under their belt. In Whiskey Company his Platoon Commander was Lieutenant Barley. By the 17th of December 1967 Whiskey Company were all in Nui Dat Camp in South Vietnam. At a very early stage Tom became attached to Company Headquarters. Following a year of service in South Vietnam Tommy along with about twenty others of the company returned to Terendak Military Camp in Malaysia for yet another year of service in South East Asia.
From December 1968 until April 1970 Pte TH Murray was a soldier in 1RNZIR based at Terendak Military Camp, Malaysia and then to Singapore when the Battalion moved there in late 1969. In NZ Tommy was eventually discharged on 22 September 1970. Before catching his flight home he went to say goodbye to some of the guys at a hotel, he did not drink just said goodbye and proceeded on his way home. Unfortunately Tommy was hit by a car whilst crossing the road on a pedestrian crossing and died during the accident.