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Walter Thorn
Major, United States Army
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Born in New York City on November 18, 1844, he earned the Medal of Honor in the Civil War while serving as Second Lieutenant, Company G, 116th U.S. Colored Troops at Dutch Gap, Virginia, January 1, 1865. The Medal was actually issued to him on December 8, 1898.

He died on July 29, 1906 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.


Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, Company G, 116th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and date: At Dutch Gap Canal, Virginia, 1 January 1865. Entered service at:------. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 8 December 1898. 


After the fuze to the mined bulkhead had been lit, this officer, learning that the picket guard had not been withdrawn, mounted the bulkhead and at great personal peril warned the guard of its danger.

Walter Thorn Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006

Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins

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