Coxswain William George Thordsen (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 6, 1900, at Hilongas, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:
For heroism and gallantry under fire of the enemy at Hilongas, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1900.
Second Lieutenant Walter Thorn (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 1, 1865, at Dutch Gap Canal, Virginia. His citation reads:
After the fuze to the mined bulkhead had been lit, this officer, learning that the picket guard had not been withdrawn, mounted the bulkhead and at great personal peril warned the guard of its danger.
Corporal Horace M. Thorne (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 21, 1944, near Grufflingen, Belgium. His citation reads:
He was the leader of a combat patrol on 21 December 1944 near Grufflingen, Belgium, with the mission of driving German forces from dug-in positions in a heavily wooded area. As he advanced his light machinegun, a German Mark Ill tank emerged from the enemy position and was quickly immobilized by fire from American light tanks supporting the patrol. Two of the enemy tankmen attempted to abandon their vehicle but were killed by Cpl. Thorne's shots before they could jump to the ground. To complete the destruction of the tank and its crew, Cpl. Thorne left his covered position and crept forward alone through intense machinegun fire until close enough to toss 2 grenades into the tank's open turret, killing 2 more Germans. He returned across the same fire-beaten zone as heavy mortar fire began falling in the area, seized his machinegun and, without help, dragged it to the knocked-out tank and set it up on the vehicle's rear deck. He fired short rapid bursts into the enemy positions from his advantageous but exposed location, killing or wounding 8. Two enemy machinegun crews abandoned their positions and retreated in confusion. His gun Jammed; but rather than leave his self-chosen post he attempted to clear the stoppage; enemy small-arms fire, concentrated on the tank, killed him instantly. Cpl. Thorne, displaying heroic initiative and intrepid fighting qualities, inflicted costly casualties on the enemy and insured the success of his patrol's mission by the sacrifice of his life.
I know it’s Saturday, but I decided to swim my way by the I’m just sayin… offices to wish my good friend and Labor Day cousin Chandler a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope she has a great day!
In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look at some pics from this past Labor Day Weekend…