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|129k||Clyde A. Thomason was born on 23 May 1914 at Atlanta, Ga. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 28 December 1934. He served in China
and on board USS Augusta (CA 31) before being discharged on 23 December 1940. Sergeant Thomason reenlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on 8 January 1942 and joined
"A" Company, 2d Marine Raider Battalion, the following month.
Sergeant Thomason was killed in action at Makin Island on 17 August 1942 when the battalion raided that island. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His citation reads in part: "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 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."
USS Thomason (DE 203) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Marine Corps Photo from the USMC History Division)
|49k||keel laying plaque||Jules James III, grandson
of Admiral James,
via Bob Hall
|381k||23 August 1943: Charleton, S.C. - USS Jordan (DE 204) on the left, and USS Thomason (DE 203) on the right, await launching at the Charleston Navy Yard||Dale Hargrave|
|272k||23 August 1943: Charleton, S.C. - The Launching Party for Thomason. L to R: Lt. H.M. Thomason, USMC, brother of the ship's namesake, Miss Sara Jeanette Thomason, sister and ship's Sponsor, Capt. A. M. Penn, Industrial Manager of the Charleston Navy Yard, Mrs. Thomason, mother of Sgt. Thomason and Mrs. J. T. Thomason, sister-in-law and Matron of Honor|
|234k||23 August 1943: Charleton, S.C. - Thomason is christened by Miss Sara Thomason with the traditional bottle of champagne.|
|269k||23 August 1943: Charleton, S.C. - Another view at the moment of christening.|
|197k||undated: Charleton, S.C. - A view of Thomason, in commission and underway.|
|33k||undated wartime image||Nick Tiberio|
|78k||undated wartime image||Richard Kusmierz,
son of crewmember
|266k||page from Edward Kusmierz's scrapbook|
|Commemorative Postal Cover
|Launch Program (Cover)
|Launch Program (Inside)
|Thomason's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Dec. 1943 - 27 Feb. 1945||Cmdr. Charles Buck Henriques, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 27 Feb. 1945 - 27 Jul. 1945||Lcdr. Francis Stoughton Walker, USNR *|
|3.) 27 Jul. 1945 - 03 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Charles Frederick Weideman, Jr., USNR|
|4.) 21 May 1946 - 22 May 1946||Lt.(jg) William Henry Wetzler, USNR (decomm.)|
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