Gunner’s Mate Third Class Lester Paul Thurman served aboard the heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul (CA-73). On April 21, 1952, while the cruiser was firing at the enemy off the east coast of Korea, powder exploded in a gun turret causing him to die of asphyxiation.

  • Rank: Gunners Mate Third Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 April 1931
  • Date of death: 21 April 1952
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Mascot
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Saint Paul (CA-73).
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Roseberry Cemetery, Mascot, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Top Panel
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