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Clyde A. Thomason

Clyde A. Tomason

 Medal of HonorPurple Heart

Rank/Rate Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Service Number 246433
Birth Date May 23, 1914
From Atlanta, Georgia
Decorations Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
Command 2nd Raider Battalion, carried aboard USS Argonaut
Loss Date August 17, 1942
Location Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll
Circumstances Killed in action
Remarks Medal of Honor Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while a member of the Second Marine Raider Battalion in action against the Japanese-held island of Makin on August 1718, 1942. Landing 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 enemy position, he gallantly gave up 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 United States Naval Service.


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