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Leo K. Thorsness
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.
- "Medal of Honor recipient Leo K. Thorsness dies at age 85". Stars and Stripes. May 3, 2017. https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/medal-of-honor-recipient-leo-k-thorsness-dies-at-age-85-1.466595#.WQp6V_nyvIU. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
- Graphic depiction of 63–8301 Note: on the date of the MoH mission, tail codes were not yet in use in the USAF
- American Valor – Leo K. Thorsness
- Air Force bio, Leo K. Thorsness
- Thorsness Bio
- POW Network bio that includes his legislative efforts on behalf of MIA's
- Interview at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
- Leo K. Thorsness at Find a Grave