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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Ensign
Service Years
1950 - 1951
NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Home State
Wisconsin
Ensign Ensign
Naval Aviator Wings


Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Saint Patricks Cemetery - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Wall Coordinates
Cenotaph
Feb 24, 1955
Service to 1951
USS Princeton (CV-37)
USS Princeton (CV-37)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1951 - 1951
VF-193 Ghostriders
VF-193 Ghostriders
Rank
Ensign
NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1951 - 1951
Distinguished Flying Cross
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Distinguished Flying Cross may be awarded to military members who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces, distinguish themselves by heroism or outstanding achievement while participa... More
Comments
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 (NS... 
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1951
Purple Heart
Criteria
The Purple Heart may be awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the Armed Forces, has been wounded, kill... More
Comments
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, ... More
1951
Combat Action Ribbon
Criteria
The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when operating under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain (or colonel in th... More
Description
Description Pending
1951
Prisoner of War Medal
Criteria
The Prisoner of War Medal commemorates military service as a prisoner of war. It is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces who, since April 5, 1917, has been or shall be taken prisoner or held capt... More
Comments
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... 
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1951
Korea Service Medal
Criteria
To be eligible for this medal, the Service member must have: Served between the outbreak of hostilities (June 25, 1950) and the date the armistice was signed (July 27, 1953); Been on permanent assignm... More
Description
Description Pending
1951
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is a military unit award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units.
Description
Description Pending
1951
United Nations Service Medal (Korea)
Criteria
The United Nations Korean Medal was generally awarded for any period of service while assigned as a member of the Armed Forces dispatched to Korea or adjacent areas for service on behalf of the United... More
Description
Description Pending
1951
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Criteria
Criteria for award of the Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal (ROK KWSM) have been established by the ROK government. To qualify for the medal, the veteran must have: Served between the outbrea... More
Description
Description Pending
1951
Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
Description
As 1951 drew to a close, a lull had settled over the battlefield. Fighting tapered off to a routine of patrol clashes, raids, and bitter small-unit struggles for key outpost positions. The lull result... More
Memories
Interdiction missions followed, and by 4 April Princeton's planes had rendered 54 rail and 37 highwa... More
1951 - 1951
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Description
Description Pending
1950
Service from 1950

 
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