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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Walter Thorn

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brevet Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    ompany G,
    116th U.S. Colored Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 1, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Dutch Gap Canal, Virginia, USA
After the fuse to the mined bulkhead had been lit, this officer, learning that the picket guard had not been withdrawn, mounted the bulkhead and at great personal peril warned the guard of its danger.
Medal of Honor Recipient Walter Thorn
Medal of Honor Recipient Walter Thorn
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Camp Nelson, Jessamine County, Kentucky
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: December 8, 1898
  • Born: November 18, 1844, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, United States
  • Died: July 29, 1920, Hampton, VA, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (2-3689-WH), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: American Numismatic Society (1863 & 1904 designs), New York, NY

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