World War II Makin Atoll Marine Raider & Medal of Honor Recipient

23 May 1914 1
Atlanta, GA 1
17 Aug 1942 2
Makin Island 3

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Full Name:
Clyde Thomason 1
23 May 1914 1
Atlanta, GA 1
Male 1
17 Aug 1942 2
Makin Island 2
Cause: Killed in Action 2
Burial Date: 17 Aug 2001 3
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, VA 3
Marine 1
Battle Honors:
Makin Raid: 17-18 August 1942 4
Marine Corps Service:
Enlistment (Active Duty): 28 Dec 1934 4
Enlistment (USMC Reserve): 31 Dec 1939 4
Honorable Discharge: 30 Dec 1939 4
Rank: Sergeant 4
Serial Number: 246433 4
Unit: Company "A", 2nd Marine Raider Battalion 4
Military Awards:
American Defense Service Medal: 1 September 1939 - 7 December 1941 4
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal: 1 Battle Star 4
China Service Medal: Tsingtao, China 4
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal: 1938 4
Medal of Honor: 17-18 August 1942 4
Presidential Unit Citation: Makin Atoll 4
Purple Heart: 18 Aug 1942 4
WWII Victory Medal: 7 December 1941 - 31 December 1946 4

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Medal of Honor Citation

Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands

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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, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during the Marine Raider Expedition by the 2nd 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.

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