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Lt. Colonel Alfred Thomsen

Lt Col Alfred Thomsen

134th Infantry Regiment - Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion

Alfred Thomsen, son of Niels Sorensen and Dagmar (Knudsen) Thomsen, was born in Nebraska December 4, 1897. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and was married to Nelle Lonergan. The couple had one child, a son Neal. He was a veteran of both World Wars and a member of the Nebraska National Guard. He worked for the Union Pacific prior to being mobilized for Federal Service December 23, 1940.

Lt Col Alfred Thomsen served as the Regimental S-1 (Personnel Officer) and as Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during the battle for St Lo, France. He was seriously wounded in action just south of St Lo on July 30 and was evacuated to a military hospital in England where he died of his wounds August 16, 1944. He is buried at Westlawn Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska.

Bronze Star Medal Citation

Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Thomsen, O235927, Infantry, United States Army, for meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the Untited States in the vicinity of St Lo, Normandy, France, 14-19 July 1944. During this period Colonel Thomsen let his battalion in the operations leading up to, and in the attack which terminated in the capture of St Lo by our forces, in an outstanding and aggressive manner. His courage and disregard for his personal safety as evidenced by his refusal to be evacuated after being wounded by shell fragments served as an inspiration and example to the members of his command. His active and aggressive leadership imbued his men with confidence and was directly responsible for the battalion's successful accomplishment of its mission in this operation. Entered military service from Nebraska.

General Orders No 15, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 6 August 1944


Omaha World Herald

Omaha World Herald, August 6, 1948

North Platte Daily Telegraph-Bulletin, Nebraska, August 5, 1948

Read more about the battle in which Lt. Colonel Thomsen was Killed in Action.

Thanks to Mr. Matt Hazard for this photograph.

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