Accompanying Bronze Star Medal
Award of the Bronze Star Medal
Lieutenant Colonel Alvin C. Thorson, K-100004, 2nd Field
Artillery Observation Battalion, APO 758, U.S. Army.
the provisions of AR 600-45, you are hereby awarded the
Bronze Star Medal with the accompanying citation:
C. THORSON, K-100004, Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery,
2nd Field Artillery Observation Battalion, for meritorious
service in action from 1 November 1943 to 9 June 1944
in Italy. As Battalion Survey Officer, Lieutenant Colonel
THORSON conducted the operation of his topographic platoon
in such a manner that precise survey control was available
for all artillery units, in each instance before the guns
were emplaced in new positions. In addition, he provided
survey for artillery sound ranging and flash ranging installations.
At the close of operations in the sector, he had extended
survey control fifteen thousand meters behind enemy lines
with sufficient density to permit immediate occupation
of advance positions by friendly artillery in the event
of a rapid forward movement. Lieutenant Colonel THORSON's
untiring energy and devotion to duty reflect great credit
upon himself and the military service. Entered military
service from Hatton, North Dakota.
H. H. Morris, Jr.
Major General, U. S. Army,