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Lone Star Marine, Col. John W. Thomason, USMC

Lone Star Marine, Col. John W. Thomason, USMC


195 pages, plates.

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Willock, Roger. LONE STAR MARINE. Princeton, N.J.: Privately published, 1961. 195 pages, plates. First edition. Original cloth, near fine in near fine dust jacket.

A definitive biography of Col. John W. Thomason, Jr. of Huntsville, Texas. During World War I Thomason served as the executive officer of the 49th Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and was awarded the Navy Cross. Thomason served in Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

He led the Horse Marines at the Legation in Peking, commanded the 38th Company in China, commanded the Marine Detachment of the USS Rochester (CA-2), and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment at San Diego, then was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

At the beginning of American involvement in World War II, Thomason was assigned to Admiral Chester Nimitz's staff as an inspector of Marine installations and visited Guadalcanal during the fighting. The U.S Navy destroyer USS John W. Thomason (DD-760) was named after him. He was also an author and illustrator of considerable acclaim.