Thostenson, Thorborn M, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 0369, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1919
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Louis Raymond Merrell (Marine Raider - Ray) to remember Marine Sgt Thorborn M Thostenson.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hanley Falls
Last Address
Hanley Falls

Casualty Date
Mar 01, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
East Yellow Medicine Lutheran Cemetery - Hanley Falls, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)/Formal Schools3rd Raider Bn2nd Raider Bn28th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 0300, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  1942-1943, 0311, 3rd Raider Bn/Co F
  1943-1944, 0369, 2nd Raider Bn
  1944-1945, 0369, 1st Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (1/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Russel Islands Landings
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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*THOSTENSON, THORBORN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Thorborn M. Thostenson (371063), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Squad Leader, serving with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 19 February 1945. With his squad pinned down by heavy rifle and machine-gun fire emanating from a hostile pillbox manned by eleven Japanese, Sergeant Thostenson boldly advanced alone against the enemy position, throwing hand grenades and proceeding through devastating barrages to the entrance of the emplacement. Placing a demolition charge inside the fortification, he succeeded in destroying the pillbox and in killing all the Japanese occupants, thereby enabling his unit to resume its advance cross the island. By his daring initiative, fearless leadership and gallant devotion to duty in the face of certain peril, Sergeant Thostenson contributed materially to the success of our forces in the bitter fighting on Iwo, and his indomitable fighting spirit and heroic conduct throughout were inspiring to those with whom he served, and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 35426 (November 8, 1945)
Born: at Hanley Falls, Minnesota
 
   
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Thor was my Squad leader on Bougainvile - he was WIA there. He was a big Swede from Minn., he had been a heavy weight club fighter,a good boxer that would box the Navy guys and win beer for us. He got to come back to the states after Bougainville, and got married before going to Iwo Jima where he was KIA Feb. 19, 1945. His daughter was born while he was on Iwo. I will post her two year old picture receiving her fathers Medal.

From a friend in Texas,"Thor was a quiet man, he gave the impression that he could be dangerous, like: don't mess with me. He once ran down a bus in Minneapolis after the front tires sprayed his uniform with mud.  The bus came to a stop, the door opened, and the suddenly contrite driver was pulled out by his collar and given a lesson in respect for his country's men in uniform."

From a friend in Illinois:  After a shooting match with a single Japanese soldier, ducking behind some cover while the other had fired, like a deadly game of hide and seek.. He was swearing and cursing according to the reporter, because the Japanese soldier's bullet had found the bottle of Four Roses whiskey that he was carrying.  "It seemed like he was always around to help someone, " said an old Marine from Illinois.  "We saw him always volunteering to carry something for somebody."

THOSTENSON, Thorborn M., Sgt 737          SN: 371063
Born: 16 Mar 1919 Hanley Falls, Minnesota
Enlisted: 02 Mar 1942
Died: 01 Mar 1945 (KIA, Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands)
Interred: Hanley Falls Cemetery, Hanley Falls, MN
 
10th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, MCB, San Diego, CA
Mar 1942 Pvt (Rec), 10thRecruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA
Apr 1942 Pvt (Rec), 10thRecruit Bn, RD, MCB, San Diego, CA “25, to 2ndMarDiv, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA”
 
Company F, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Amphibious Corps Pacific Fleet, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Apr 1942 Pvt, Co F, 2ndMarRdrBn, ACPF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA “25, jdfr 10thRecBn, RDep, MCB, San Diego, CA”
Company F, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Amphibious Corps
Jul 1942 PFC, Co F, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1st MAC “1-3, temp d in accordance with instruction fr CinCPac in Midway Islands Area, Pac; 4, arr & disem fr USS MC KEAN in Pearl Harbor, T.H.; 5-31, Camp Catlin, Pearl Harbor, T.H.”
Oct 1942 Cpl, Co F, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1st MAC (Gung Ho Camp, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides) “3, pro.”
Jan 1943 Cpl, Co F, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1st MAC (Gung Ho Camp, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides)
Apr 1943 Cpl, Co F, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1st MAC (Gung Ho Camp, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides) “5, to Co “H”, 2d Raider Bn”
Company H, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment
Apr 1943 Cpl, Co H, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt (Gung Ho Camp, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides) “5, jdfr Co “F”, 2d Raider Bn”
Jul 1943 Cpl, Co H, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt (Noumea, New Caledonia)
Company H, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, 2nd Marine Raider Regiment(Provisional)
Oct 1943 Cpl, Co H, 2ndMarRdrBn, 2ndMarRdrRegt (PROV) (Noumea, New Caledonia & Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands)
Company H, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment
Jan 1944 Cpl, Co H, 2ndMarRdrBn, 1stMarRdrRegt (Bougainville, Solomon Islands) “3-17, sk USN Mob Hosp#8; 26, to CG, FMF, San Diego Area”
 
1st Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA
Apr 1944 Cpl 653, C Co, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF (Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA)
Jul 1944 Cpl 653, C Co, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF (Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA)
1st Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Jan 1945 Sgt 737, C Co, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Territory of Hawaii)”10, emb & 11 sailed fr Camp Drewes, T.H. via LST#9; 17, arr & disemb at Lahaini Roads, Maui, T.H.; 17, emb & sailed fr Lahaini Roads, Maui, T.H. via USS DICKENS; 18, arr at Honolulu, T.H. and 27, sailed therefrom. ”
Mar 1945 Sgt 737, C Co, 1stBn, 28thMar, 5thMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands)
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards  for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal w/ 1 Gold Star
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 star
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-3 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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