Thomas, Ralph Wallace, HM3

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Primary Unit
1943-1945, HM-8404, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Iwo Jima Certificate

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer


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Home Town
San Antonio
Last Address
San Antonio

Date of Passing
Dec 29, 1970
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
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                                         NAVY CROSS 


                           RALPH WALLACE THOMAS 


   The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Pharmacist Mate Third Class Ralph Thomas-(NSN: 6244741), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and conspicous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to a Rifle Company of the Fourth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Iwo Jima on 9 March 1945. While attached to the rifle company, Pharmacist Mate Third Class Thomas distinguished himself by his courage, quick thinking, and coolness. While traeting a wounded man in a foxhole, an enemy grenade was thrown into the hole. Ignoring his own safety, he stood on the grenade, thereby taking the full force of the explosion, suffering painful and crippling wounds as a result. His courageous conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Unites States Naval Service.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Navy Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments
NAVHOSP Great Lakes IL1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
  1943-1943, 23XX, NAVHOSP Great Lakes IL
  1943-1945, HM-8404, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle for Saipan
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Tinian (1944)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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