BERNARD R TERHORST
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 12 OF THE WALL

BERNARD REINHOLD TERHORST

WALL NAME

BERNARD R TERHORST

PANEL / LINE

26W/12

DATE OF BIRTH

03/10/1932

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/19/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ST PAUL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ramsey County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

MAJ

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR BERNARD REINHOLD TERHORST
POSTED ON 12.28.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. We should be forever thankful for the sacrifices of you and so many others to ensure the freedoms we so often take for granted.
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POSTED ON 7.8.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Maj Bernard Terhorst, Thank you for your service as a HMH Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Monday was Independence Day. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.10.2019
POSTED BY: Ed Klek delta 1-1 vietnam 1966

Truly a great Marine

I enjoyed the photos and all the remembrances left for you.
It was brave pilots that landed to pickup the wounded. I'm sure you saved many lives.
I was wounded twice and landed in DaNang,so I thank you.
God Bless
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POSTED ON 12.16.2018
POSTED BY: Jim Gulley

My Father's doppelgänger.

Major Terhorst:

My father was a WWII Captain in the Marine Air Wing You two could easily have passed for brothers. This photo may not be representative, so take my word for it. He was a Mustang who went in in ‘39 and served until ‘46. May God hold you in his embrace.
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POSTED ON 4.19.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam, 1969

Silver Star Citation (2nd Award)

Bernard Reinhold Terhorst

HOME OF RECORD:
St. Paul, Minnesota

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Major
Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major Bernard Reinhold Terhorst (MCSN: 0-68004), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE (HMM-263), Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 April 1969, Major Terhorst launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned an emergency medical evacuation in a mountainous area near DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, Major Terhorst determined that, because of hampering thick, jungle canopy, he would be unable to land and would be forced to hover above the trees while the wounded man was hoisted aboard. Skillfully maneuvering his aircraft over the hazardous pick up zone, he stabilized his helicopter and was lowering the hoist when the aircraft came under intense enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire and sustained severe damaging. Realizing that he must leave the area and attempt to find a suitable landing zone for his crippled helicopter, he notified his wingman of his intentions and directed his aircraft toward an unprepared landing zone at Thong Duc. En route to the landing area, the helicopter's severely damaged controls failed completely, and, despite Major Terhorst's valiant efforts, the helicopter crashed, mortally injuring all of its occupants. By his courage, superb airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty, Major Terhorst upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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