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Karl Thomas
Born (1871-03-17)March 17, 1871
Died July 18, 1900(1900-07-18) (aged 29)
Place of birth Germany
Place of burial San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1895 - 1900
Rank Coxswain
Battles/wars Boxer Rebellion
Awards Medal of Honor

Karl Thomas (March 17, 1871- July 18, 1900) was an American sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Boxer Rebellion who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Thomas was born March 17, 1871 in Germany, and after entering the navy in 1895[1] he was sent as an Coxswain to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion.[2]

He died July 18, 1900 and is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco, California. His grave can be found in section, NA-369.[3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 17 March 1871, Germany. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901.


In action with the relief expedition of the Allied forces in China 13, 20, 21, and 22 June 1900. During this period and in the presence of the enemy, Thomas distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. Service Profile
  2. 2.0 2.1 "THOMAS, KARL". Medal of Honor recipients, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  3. "Karl Thomas". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 

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