Pollard, Thomas David, LtCol

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Lieutenant Colonel
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0302-Infantry Officer
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1955-1960, 0302, US Army
Service Years
1940 - 1960

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Destin, Fl

Date of Passing
Sep 01, 2010
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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United States Marine Raiders Association
  2013, United States Marine Raiders Association [Verified]

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                  THOMAS D POLLARD

                      MARINE CORPS

For service as set forth in the following:


(Citation Needed)-SYNOPSIS: Thomas D Pollard (MCSN: 289992), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on October 8, 1942.

                            NAVY CROSS

                       FIRST LIEUTENANT 

                     THOMAS D POLLARD

                MARINE CORPS RESERVE


The President Of the United Statesof Americatakes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant Thomas D Pollard, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, First Raider Battalion in action against the enemy at Enogai Point, New Georgia, Solomon Islands on 7, 8, 10, and 20 july 1943. He is credited with shooting four enemy snipes who were concealed in trees. Two days later his platoon was ordered to flank hostile machine-gun positions which held up the advance of two companies. Lieutenant Pollard led his platoon through the jungle to the enemy's flank and rear, knockes their gun positions out of action, killed many enemy and drove others into the sea. He then continued to lead the advance to the beach near Enogai Point where two machine- guns were captured.In later attacks against well entrenched forces defending Bairoko, his platoon penetrated enemy positions and advanced to within 200 yards of the harbor which was defended by a concentration of 90-mm mortar fire. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by First Lieuentant Pollard on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself andd the Armed Forces of the United States.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), O
 Unit Assignments
1st Raider Bn4th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)US Army  Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GAUS Army/US Army/18th Airborne Corps
US Army
  1941-1944, 0301, 1st Raider Bn
  1944-1946, 0302, 4th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)
  1946-1947, 0302, US Army Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA
  1947-1955, 9962, 82nd Airborne Division
  1955-1960, 0302, US Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended
Gordon College
  1938-1940, Gordon College
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