William George Thordsen

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William George Thordsen
Born (1879-04-02)April 2, 1879
Fredericstadt, Germany
Died May 8, 1932(1932-05-08) (aged 53)
Buried Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1898–1910
Rank Chief Gunner's Mate
Unit USS Pampanga
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

William George Thordsen (April 2, 1879 – May 8, 1932) was an Coxswain in the United States Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Philippine–American War.

Thordsen joined the Navy from New York in 1898, and retired in 1910. [1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: April 2, 1879, Fredericstadt, Germany. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 6, August 15, 1900.


For heroism and gallantry under fire of the enemy at Hilongas, Philippine Islands, 6 May 1900.

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