Therkelsen, Donald Arthur, Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
3666-Medical Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1952-1953, 3666, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1952 - 1953


One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cook County
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 17, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Washington State Veterans Cemetery - Medical Lake, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 4, Row E, Site 19

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1995, Korean War Fallen3

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Combat Medical 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1952-1953, 3666, 3rd Infantry Division
  1952-1953, 3666, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment/B Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)/Battle of Kumsong River
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Corporal Therkelsen was a medic with the Medical Company, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades in North Korea on July 17, 1953. His remains were identified on December 2, 2014 by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). His name is permanently inscribed on the Courts of the Missing (Court 8)  at the Honolulu Memorial. 

Source: American Battle Monuments Commission & DPAA

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Donald A. Therkelsen, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman attached to Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the morning and afternoon of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Company B assaulted enemy held Hill 433 and, in the ensuing firefight, sustained many casualties. Observing the wounded attackers lying exposed to the enemy fire, Private Therkelsen courageously moved from casualty to casualty, administering medical aid and removing them to sheltered positions. He repeatedly returned to aid the wounded men, despite the intense enemy fire, and was greatly responsible for saving the lives of several United Nations personnel. Private Therkelsen was last seen valiantly advancing into an area under heavy enemy bombardment in an attempt to assist a wounded comrade. Private Therkelsen's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1 (1 Jan 1954)
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