Biesterveld, Thomas Clarence, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 131X, VF-193 Ghostriders
Service Years
1950 - 1951

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eau Clair, WI
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 24, 1955
Hostile, Died while Captured
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Saint Patricks Cemetery - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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USS Princeton (CV-37)VF-193 Ghostriders
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Last Known Activity

Death Description:    Died while Prisoner of War
Declared Dead Feb 24, 1955
Ensign Biesterveld was the pilot of a F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 193 aboard the aircraft carrier USS PRINCETON (CV-37). On April 29, 1951, while on a combat mission over North Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and he parachuted safely to the ground about four miles east of the Hwachon Reservoir. He was taken Prisoner of War and died while a prisoner on February 24, 1955. His remains were not recovered. For his leadership and valor, Ensign Biesterveld was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Gold Star, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.


Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Thomas Clarence Biesterveld (NSN: 0-7802485), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Section Leader of a flight of fighter aircraft Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-THREE (VF-193), attached to U.S.S. PRINCETON (CV-37), while on an interdiction mission near the Chosin Reservoir, while upholding the policies of the United Nations Security Council on 4 February 1951. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Ensign Biesterveld made repeated bombing and flak suppression attacks in the face of heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire. Making several slashing attacks between two heavily defended ridges, he led his section in scoring a direct hot on this vital highway bridge, thus effectively stopping all southbound enemy vehicular traffic. His courage and gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 1600 (October 17, 1951)
Action Date: February 4, 1951
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Fighter Squadron 193 (VF-193)
Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CV-37)

Prisoner of War Medal

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

Ensign Thomas Clarence Biesterveld (NSN: 0-7802485), United States Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured on 29 April 1951 during the Korean War. He was unaccounted for after the war and is presumed to have died or been killed while in captivity.

General Orders: Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
Action Date: 4/29/1951 - MIA In Captivity
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Division: Prisoner of War (Korean War)
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