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ⓘ Leo K. Thorsness. Leo Keith Thorsness was an American colonel in the United States Air Force and politician. He was born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Thorsness r ..




Leo K. Thorsness
                                     

ⓘ Leo K. Thorsness

Leo Keith Thorsness was an American colonel in the United States Air Force and politician. He was born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

Thorsness received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the medal for an air engagement on April 19, 1967. He was shot down two weeks later and spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war with future United States Senator John McCain. After his military service, Thorsness served one term in the Washington State Senate from 1988 through 1992 after beating the current State Senator Eugene V. Lux. He was a Republican.

In 1974, Thorsness ran for the United States senate in South Dakota, but lost the general election to George McGovern.

Thorsness died on May 2, 2017 in St. Augustine, Florida from leukemia at the age of 85.

                                     

1. Other websites

  • Thorsness Bio Archived 2006-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  • American Valor – Leo K. Thorsness
  • Interview at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
  • Air Force bio, Leo K. Thorsness
  • Leo K. Thorsness at Find a Grave
  • Graphic depiction of 63–8301 Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine Note: on the date of the MoH mission, tail codes were not yet in use in the USAF
  • POW Network bio that includes his legislative efforts on behalf of MIAs
                                     
  • lost his re - election bid to the Washington Senate in 1988 to Colonel Leo K Thorsness Lux was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He worked as a self - employed building
  • a prisoner of war with Colonel and future Washington State Senator Leo K Thorsness for more than five years. During that time, he was tortured. In 1982
  • 1994 2005 and Archbishop of San Francisco 2006 2012 lung cancer. Leo K Thorsness 85, American air force officer and Medal of Honor recipient, member