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 William George Thordsen

William George Thordsen

Birth
Friedrichstadt, Kreis Nordfriesländ, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death 8 May 1932 (aged 53)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 1 Lot 69-W
Memorial ID 7889937 · View Source
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Philippine Insurrection Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Fredericstaft, Germany, he immigrated to New York City, in 1899 and enlisted in the US Navy. On May 6, 1900, Coxswain Thordsen was in charge of a small assault boat from the U.S.S. Pampanga near Hilongas, Philippine Islands. When a enemy shore battery spotted the assault boat, Coxswain Thordsen skillfully navigated his crew and craft to safety under heavy enemy fire. For gallantry under the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 15, 1900 and later achieved the rank of Chief Gunner's Mate. He died in New York City at the age of 53.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 23 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7889937
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William George Thordsen (2 Apr 1879–8 May 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7889937, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .