Johnston, Thomas Henry, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1950-1950, 0302, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
Service Years
1944 - 1950

Second Lieutenant


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Home Town
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Last Address
Los Angeles

Casualty Date
Aug 18, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
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Section R, Site 2655

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1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5), 5th Marine Regiment
  1950-1950, 0302, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
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  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of the Pusan Permineter
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2nd Lt. Johnston received his commission on 4 June 1948.  He had enlisted 12 July 1944, serving until 21 June 1946.  He then re-enlisted.  He had participated in the Navy V-12 Program at USC from 1 March 1945 until 21 June 1946 as a PFC.

He was killed in action while leading his platoon in an attack on Hill 117, Obong-ni, South Korea, when his unit was pinned down by enemy fire. He singlehandedly attacked the enemy machine-gun nest.
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Thomas Henry Johnston, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, in action against enemy aggressor forces west of Yongsan, Korea, on 17 August 1950.

At approximately 1600, the First Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was attacking to seize heavily defended Obangi Ridge, the enemy's main line of resistance. While scaling the precipitous slopes, Lieutenant Johnston's platoon was pinned downed by heavy enemy machine bun fire from the hill's summit, preventing further advance. Lieutenant Johnston, passing through the forward elements of his platoon where he obtained hand grenades, and knowing full well the hazards of his undertaking, fearlessly made his way forward alone through intense fire to destroy the machine gun nest. Succeeding in attaining the crest, he threw a grenade which silenced the hostile position before he fell mortally wounded from a series of exploding enemy grenades.

Lieutenant Johnston, by his conspicuous gallantry and heroic self sacrifices, was an inspiration to his men and contributed immeasurably to the final capture of the critical ridge, reflecting the highest credit on himself and the esteemed traditions of the military service.

General Orders: General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 86 (December 19, 1950)
Action Date: 17-Aug-50
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 5th Marines, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade (Rein.)
Division: Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
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