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Clyde A. Thomason

Born: May 23, 1914
Died: August 17, 1942

Sergeant Clyde A. Thomason is a United States Marine who is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism at the cost of his life while leading an assault on Makin Island on August 17, 1942. Thomason is the first enlisted Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.

What do you know about Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Clyde A. Thomason? Try this World War-2 History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the bottom of the page.

Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1) Where is Clyde A. Thomason born on May 23, 1914?

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lumberport, West Virginia

2) When does he enlist in the United States Marine Corps?

  • December 1932
  • December 1933
  • December 1934
  • December 1935

3) He serves in the Marine Detachment on the Flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, and is honorably discharged in 1939 upon the expiration of his enlistment. What is the flagship?

  • USS Augusta
  • USS Atlanta
  • USS West Virginia
  • USS Arizona

4) The day following his discharge, he is retained in the Fleet Marine Force Reserve. When he again becomes a civilian, he accepts a position with the Albany, Georgia, branch of the Fire Companies Adjustment Bureau, Inc., and Albany becomes his home in February 1940.

  • True or False?

5) Thomason re-enlists in the Marine Corps Reserve in January 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • True or False?

6) Because he is so tall, 6 feet 4 inches, and weighs 190 pounds; he has to ask for a height waiver to get into his desired outfit. He receives his training in California before going to the Pacific battlefields in April for duty. He is a member of which outfit?

  • 2nd Raider Battalion
  • 4th Raider Battalion
  • 8th Raider Battalion
  • 12th Raider Battalion

7) Besides the award of the Medal of Honor, what is NOT an award given to Sergeant Thomason?

  • Purple Heart
  • Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
  • Bronze Star
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/1 star

8) The Medal of Honor is conferred posthumously and is presented to his mother by Under-Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, at ceremonies in Washington, D.C.  When is the ceremony held?

  • January 1943
  • January 1945
  • January 1947
  • January 1949

9) Sgt. Thomason is one of 30 Marines who does not return from the Makin Island Raid. Researcher discover a mass grave on Makin Island that contains human remains, equipment, and dog tags belonging to Marine Raiders. Sgt. Thomason's remains are among those identified. When is the mass grave discovered?

  • November 1949
  • November 1969
  • November 1999
  • November 2009

10) His remains are returned to the United States and were are his remains interred?

  • Thompson Cemetery, Homer, Georgia
  • Bethel Cemetery, Bacon County, Georgia
  • Camp Ground Methodist Cemetery, Woodstock, Georgia
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia


Clyde A. Thomason [Answers]

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. December 1934
  3. USS Augusta
  4. True
  5. True
  6. 2nd Raider Battalion
  7. Bronze Star
  8. January 1943
  9. November 1999
  10. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
    Plot: 60-8037

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