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First Name: Blewitt

Last Name: Thomas

Birthplace: Jasper County, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Jasper, TX
Middle Name: S.

Date of Birth: 26 February 1923

Date of Death: 25 April 1945

Rank: Technician Fifth Grade

Years Served:
Blewitt Smith Thomas, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Blewitt Smith Thomas, Jr.

Technician 5th Grade, U. S. Army

Silver Star

Headquarters, 37th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 188 (July 20, 1945)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade Blewitt S. Thomas (ASN: 33412787), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 37th Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy at Luzon, Philippine Islands.
On 3 February 1945, when intense enemy mortar and machine gun fire was being delivered on a company advancing against the Gas Works in Manila, three men were wounded and lay in an exposed position. Corporal Thomas and three companions voluntarily formed a rescue team. Planning the course of action well in advance, they moved by rushes to within fifty yards of the casualties. Then, as the other three men kept him covered, Corporal Thomas rushed over open terrain to one of the wounded men and dragged him back to cover, although fully exposed to hostile fire which was concentrated on the area. He then assisted in covering the others by fire as they rescued the other wounded. Corporal Thomas' initiative and courage helped save his three comrades from almost certain death.
His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 317349   Created by: drjones46




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