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Medal of Honor: Horace Marvin “Buddy” Thorne

Horace Marvin “Buddy” Thorne (September 29, 1918 – December 21, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration — the Medal of Honor — for his actions in World War II. Born in Keansburg, Thorne grew up on a 53-acre farm in the nearby North Middletown section of Middletown Township. He and his eight siblings attended Port Monmouth Elementary School and Leonardo High School. On December 21, 1944, Thorne was serving as a corporal in Troop D, 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Armored Division. On that day, near Grufflingen (now part of Burg-Reuland), in Belgium, he voluntarily took up an exposed position on top of a destroyed tank in order to better fire on the German forces. His brother-in-law Sgt. Lindel Pinson, who witnessed his heroism that day, tried unsuccessfully to call him back to a dug-in position. Thorne killed several Germans and scattered the crews of two enemy machine-gun nests before being killed himself. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor nine months later, on September 19, 1945. His remains are interred at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown.


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