Leland Evan Thomas
|Leland Evan Thomas|
September 20, 1918|
|Died||September 18, 1942
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps Reserve|
|Years of service||1941–1942|
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross (posthumous)|
Leland Evan Thomas was born September 20, 1918 in Ontario, Oregon.
Marine Corps career
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
- “for heroism and extraordinary achievement as a pilot....His indomitable fighting spirit was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.”
Leland E. Thomas (DE-420) was named in his honor. She was laid down January 21, 1944 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Texas; launched February 28, 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Benjamin E. Thomas, mother of Lieutenant Thomas; and commissioned June 19, 1944, Lt. Comdr. Leslie E. Rosenberg in command.