John Edmund Thelen (1922-1944)

John Edmund Thelen (1922-1944)

World War II · US Marine Reserve

USMC aviator 2nd Lt. John Edmund Thelen from Schenectady, NY was an F4U Corsair pilot with VMF-111. He was killed on 28 May 1944 in a midair collision at Makin Atoll after returning from a combat mission.

World War II (1939 - 1945)
Military Unit

VMF-111, MAG 31, 4th Marine Base Defense Aircraft Wing, FMF, Marshall Islands

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Service Number

26482

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Conflict Period

World War II

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Served For

United States of America

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Gold Star

Yes

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World War II (1939 - 1945)
Served For

United States of America

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Conflict Period

World War II

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Branch

Navy Reserve

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Rank

Aviation Cadet

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World War II (1939 - 1945)
Served For

United States of America

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Conflict Period

World War II

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Branch

Marine Corps Reserve

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Rank

2nd Lieutenant

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Stories about John Edmund Thelen (1922-1944)

2nd Lt. John Edmund Thelen, USMC Aviator

  • Majuro, Marshall Islands
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Schenectady Gazette, 19 Dec 1938
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Albany Times Union, 18 Feb 1939
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Schenectady Gazette, 2 Jun 1938
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Jack Thelen 1940 Mont Pleasant High School Yearbook Photo
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Albany Knickerbocker News, 17 Sep 1941
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Schenectady Gazette, 3 Oct 1942
1943 - Page 533
July 10, 1943 Graduation, Slipstream Yearbook
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USMC Muster Roll, VMF-111, May 1944
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USMC Muster Roll, VMF-111, May 1944, footnotes
War Diaries, 5/1-31/44 - Page 16
MAG-31 War Diary, May 1944, describing accident which killed Lt. John E. Thelen and Capt. Albert M. Blackmon
War Diaries, 5/1-31/44 - Page 17
MAG-31 War Diary, May 1944, describing burial of Lt. John E. Thelen
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4th Marine Base Defense Aircraft Wing War Diary, May 1944
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Schenectady Gazette, 1 Jun 1944
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RPI Alumni News, March 1946 "Roll of the War Dead." Lt. Thelen is incorrectly listed under US Navy, instead of US Marine Corps. Image courtesy of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute archives.
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Schenectady Gazette, 28 May 1947
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Albany Times Union, 11 Oct 1947
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Schenectady Gazette, 18 Oct 1947
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Lt. Thelen's grave, St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady, NY
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