RAIDERS Thomason, Clyde

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Thomason
  • FORENAME
Clyde
  • UNIT
2 Raider Bn (Company A)
  • RANK
Sergeant
  • NUMBER
246433
  • DATE OF DEATH
17th August 1942
  • AGE
28
  • GRAVESITE
Arlington National Cemetery,Virginia
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 23.5.1914 Atlanta,Georgia (as Clyde A. Thomason)
father Clyde Aristide Thomason (1879-1939)
mother Sara Zipporah (nee Evans) Thomason (1880-1917)
resided Albany,Georgia
dropped middle name when enlisted
USMC December 1934
Fleet Marine Force Reserve 1939
re-enlisted January 1942
award Medal of Honor
first enlisted marine to win Medal of Honor WW2
KIA Makin Island
remains recovered November 1999
memorial Sandy Springs United Methodist Cemetery, Sandy Spirngs, Georgia, USA
 

DATE OF DEATH:

17-Aug-1942

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/thomason-clyde.29657/

CITATION:

Medal Of Honor : The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant Clyde A. Thomason (MCSN: 246433), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during the Marine Raider Expedition by the SECOND Marine Raider Battalion against the Japanese-held island of Makin in the Gilbert Islands on 17 and 18 August 1942. Leading the advance element of the assault echelon, Sergeant Thomason disposed his men with keen judgment and discrimination and, by his exemplary leadership and great personal valor, exhorted them to like fearless efforts. On one occasion, he dauntlessly walked up to a house which concealed an enemy Japanese sniper, forced in the door and shot the man before he could resist. Later in the action, while leading an assault on an enemy position, he gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. His courage and loyal devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/520
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56133511/clyde-aristide-thomason
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53248441/clyde-aristide-thomason

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8212564/clyde-aristide-thomason
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