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Charles L. Thomas

United States Army Medal of Honor recipient

Died when: 59 years 304 days (717 months)
Star Sign: Aries


Charles L. Thomas

Charles Leroy Thomas (April 17, 1920 – February 15, 1980) was a United States Army major who was a company commander during World War II.

In 1947, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration for valor, for his actions on December 14, 1944 near Climbach, France.

Thomas and six other Black Americans who served in World War II were awarded the Medal of Honor on January 12, 1997.

The Medal of Honor was posthumously presented to Thomas by President Bill Clinton on January 13, 1997 during a Medals of Honor ceremony for the seven recipients at the White House in Washington, D.C.

The seven recipients are the first and only Black Americans to be awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II.

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