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SSgt Carl R. Thien

Born in Brooklyn, New York. Enlisted in the US Army during May 1941 and completed basic training when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and America entered the war.

A member of Headquarters Company, I Corps in Australia, he was assigned to the 201st CIC during early 1944 on Goodenough Island, under commanding officer Victor I. Cook.

Participated in the combat landing at Hollandia on April 22, 1944. Also combat on Biak Island and finally the landing at Lingayen Gulf January 9, 1945.

Went home for 30 day furlough in July 1945, expecting to return to the unit, already planning for their next operation in Japan. Home in New York when the Atomic bombs were dropped in August, Thien was discharged with enough points earn from his prior service and never returned to the 201st CIC to say good byes.

Postwar, whenever traveling he always looked up the names of friends from the unit in phone books, but never found Cook, Malbuisson or others. During the early 1990s, he wrote his memories of World War II including his service with the 201st CIC in a self published book Pacific Island Odyssey .

Retiring to Florida, Thien passed away on February 27, 2007.