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MAJ Charles L. Thomas

MAJ Charles L. Thomas

Birth
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Death 15 Feb 1980 (aged 59)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Wayne, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 7932140 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served as a First Lieutenant in Company C, 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 103rd Infantry Division. On December 14, 1944, near Climbach, France, while in the lead vehicle of a task force organized to storm and capture the village his scout car was knocked out by enemy fire and he was wounded. He helped his crew out of the vehicle, but as he left was again wounded in the chest, legs and left arm. Despite his wounds, he directed the dispersal and emplacement of two antitank guns, which then returned fire. He briefed one of his platoon leaders, on the situation, and only when he was sure the situation was under control did he allow himself to be evacuated. At the White House on January 13, 1997, President Clinton awarded he and six other soldiers the first Medals of Honor ever bestowed on African Americans who served in World War II.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 29 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7932140
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Charles L. Thomas (17 Apr 1920–15 Feb 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7932140, citing Westlawn Cemetery, Wayne, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .