Thomas Memorial Hospital Herbert J. Thomas Jr. Hall of Honor
On Tuesday, December 8 Thomas Memorial Hospital revealed the new Herbert J. Thomas, Jr., Hall of Honor. This event brought in Veterans, Gold Star Mothers, and dignitaries from around the area to honor West Virginia’s first Medal of Honor recipient. During the event Thomas Memorial Hospital Honored Herbert J. Thomas, Jr., with the reading of his 1944 Medal of Honor Citation, the playing of Taps by Bugler Elizabeth Given, a Rifle Volley from The Donel C. Kinnard Honor Guard, and Amazing Grace played by Pipe Major, Tom Brown.
Herbert J. Thomas Jr., was given the Medal of Honor posthumously for his act of bravery during the Bougainville, Solomon Islands campaign during World War II. On November 7, 1943, Herbert led his men through jungle terrain and destroyed two gun crews and discovered a third. He moved his men into position to attack the third gun once he had thrown a grenade. The grenade hit some jungle vines and bounced back at Herbert’s men, he selflessly threw himself onto the grenade to save the lives of all his men. Because of his actions on that day he was awarded the Purple Hart, Navy Cross, and the Medal of Honor.
On December 9, 1946, his hometown South Charleston, West Virginia also honored him by opening a brand new hospital in his name. Thomas Memorial Hospital as operated ever since, serving the community with comprehensive care.
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