The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born:
23 May 1914, Atlanta, Ga. Accredited To: Georgia.
For conspicuous heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during the
Marine Raider Expedition against the Japanese-held island of Makin on 17-18 August 1942.
Leading the advance element of the assault echelon, Sgt. 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 1 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.
Citation Courtesy of www.HomeOfHeroes.com
Of Honor Special Sections
of the MOH
Each of the
individual citations in this section should be printable as a single, full page similar to
the one at right. If you have any problems getting a finished page like the one
shown, click on it to access our PRINT HELPS page.