Colour Sergeant Steve J Thayer

{ Yank }

  • Accumulated Service Medal
  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal
  • South Atlantic Medal with Rosette
  • Queen's Golden Jubailee Medal 2002

Steve was born in Norwich in 1956 and then moved to Woodbridge Suffolk where his father was stationed as a member of the United States Air Force, hence his nickname “Yank”. Attended Farlingaye High School, he was also a member of Woodbridge Army Cadet Force. In 1971 he left school to an intended career as a carpenter and joiner but after a year at college he left to join the Army.

In December 1972 he arrived in Aldershot to join the Junior Parachute Company, after passing P Company and his Wing course with 397 platoon he was then posted to the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment in March 1974 serving with A, D and C Company Patrols but mostly with the Mortar Platoon.

In 1982 he was also a member of the Task Force which was sent down to liberate the Falkland Islands from the Argentine Forces. With 2 Para he saw action at Goose Green, Wireless Ridge and the liberation of Port Stanley.

In 1996 on retirement he had served nearly 24 years in the Parachute Regiment and attained the rank of Colour Sergeant. He served in many countries around the world which included six tours of Northern Ireland, two tours of Belize, two years in Berlin and a posting to 10 Para (V) as a Permanent Staff Instructor with the Mortar Platoon, in Southend.

In November 1996, Steve joined the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Instructor and was appointed as 2IC at a Para Detachment, then in County HQ assisting with the Adventure Training and the Dof E awards until his retirement in 2011

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Service History

Decorations

  • Accumulated Service Medal
  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal GSM
    General Service Medal (1962) Clasp Northern Ireland
  • Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
  • The Cadet Forces Medal
Steve  J Thayer

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  • Members of Support Coy HQ, 2 PARA, listening to the BBC World News, Sussex Mountain c22– 26 May 1982.

    Members of Support Coy HQ, 2 PARA, listening to the BBC World News, Sussex Mountain c22– 26 May 1982.

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  • Russ Bishop and Ian Taylor, Patrols C Coy, 2 PARA, 1980.

    Russ Bishop and Ian Taylor, Patrols C Coy, 2 PARA, 1980.

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  • Russ Bishop and Ian Taylor. preparing to jump, C Coy, 2 PARA, 1980.

    Russ Bishop and Ian Taylor. preparing to jump, C Coy, 2 PARA, 1980.

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  • Members of 2 Para with a Soviet tank on Long Valley Aldershot

    Members of 2 Para with a Soviet tank on Long Valley Aldershot

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  • Returning Patrols from 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy Northern Ireland 1980

    Returning Patrols from 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy Northern Ireland 1980

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  •  Wessex collecting Patrols Platoon, 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy Northern Ireland, 1980

    Wessex collecting Patrols Platoon, 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy Northern Ireland, 1980

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  • Picking up Patrols from 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy Northern Ireland, 1980

    Picking up Patrols from 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy Northern Ireland, 1980

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  • MV Norland in San Carlos Bay as HMS Antelope sinks in the background, Falklands, May 1982

    MV Norland in San Carlos Bay as HMS Antelope sinks in the background, Falklands, May 1982

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  • Steve Thayer in a defensive position, Fitzroy, Falklands, 1982

    Steve Thayer in a defensive position, Fitzroy, Falklands, 1982

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  • Steve 'Yank Thayer on Remembrance Parade, 2009

    Steve 'Yank Thayer on Remembrance Parade, 2009

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  • Members of the 2 Para Diving Club about to sink a cast FFR landrover

    Members of the 2 Para Diving Club about to sink a cast FFR landrover

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  • C/Sgt Thayer (PSI) and C/Sgt Pollard (PSI) at 10 Para Sgts Mess, White City, London

    C/Sgt Thayer (PSI) and C/Sgt Pollard (PSI) at 10 Para Sgts Mess, White City, London

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  •  Patrol of 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy at Bessbrook Mill, 1980

    Patrol of 2 Para C (Bruneval) Coy at Bessbrook Mill, 1980

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  • Soldiers show off their 'Big Game Fishing' prize, Kenya, 1990

    Soldiers show off their 'Big Game Fishing' prize, Kenya, 1990

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  • Soldiers from 2 Para asking a furry friend for directions, Belize, 1987

    Soldiers from 2 Para asking a furry friend for directions, Belize, 1987

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer on Island Patrol, Snake Caye, Belize, 1987

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer on Island Patrol, Snake Caye, Belize, 1987

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  • Tim Wise and Yank, Dunmore Park, Northern Ireland, 1975

    Tim Wise and Yank, Dunmore Park, Northern Ireland, 1975

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  • Paras in a Ferret scout car on Berlin Parade, 1978

    Paras in a Ferret scout car on Berlin Parade, 1978

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  • Steve Thayer in a Ferret scout car, at Brook Barracks, Berlin, 1978

    Steve Thayer in a Ferret scout car, at Brook Barracks, Berlin, 1978

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  • Soldiers 'Yank', 'Stubbo' and 'Johnny Rob' during Balloon jump training, Germany, 1978

    Soldiers 'Yank', 'Stubbo' and 'Johnny Rob' during Balloon jump training, Germany, 1978

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  • 'Yank' Thayer standing next to Argentinian Pucara A-527 at Goose Green, blown apart by a Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU)

    'Yank' Thayer standing next to Argentinian Pucara A-527 at Goose Green, blown apart by a Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU)

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  • Soldiers from 2 Para Patrols Pln, Northern Ireland, 1980

    Soldiers from 2 Para Patrols Pln, Northern Ireland, 1980

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  • L/Cpl 'Yank' Thayer & Sgt Blackburn in cockpit of Argentinian Pucara A-506

    L/Cpl 'Yank' Thayer & Sgt Blackburn in cockpit of Argentinian Pucara A-506

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  • Veterans outside the Palace during the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands Campaign, London, 2007

    Veterans outside the Palace during the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands Campaign, London, 2007

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  • Steve J Thayer whilst parachuting at Queens Ave, Aldershot

    Steve J Thayer whilst parachuting at Queens Ave, Aldershot

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  • Soldier on foot patrol in Northern Ireland, 1976

    Soldier on foot patrol in Northern Ireland, 1976

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  • Soldiers 'Yank' and 'Egor' of the Close Observation Point (COP), 2 PARA, Northern Ireland, 1980

    Soldiers 'Yank' and 'Egor' of the Close Observation Point (COP), 2 PARA, Northern Ireland, 1980

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  • Salisbury Plain Training Area(SPTA) Radar Shoot, 1974

    Salisbury Plain Training Area(SPTA) Radar Shoot, 1974

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  • Group photo of Mortar Platoon Commanders and 2ICs Course, Support Weapons Wing School of Infantry, June 1992

    Group photo of Mortar Platoon Commanders and 2ICs Course, Support Weapons Wing School of Infantry, June 1992

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  • Group photo of Mortar CPO/MFC Course at Support Weapons Wing School of Infantry, December 1988

    Group photo of Mortar CPO/MFC Course at Support Weapons Wing School of Infantry, December 1988

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  • MFC Party Salisbury Plain Training Area(SPTA) Radar Shoot

    MFC Party Salisbury Plain Training Area(SPTA) Radar Shoot

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  • Group photograph of Sergeants' Mess, 10 PARA, July 1992

    Group photograph of Sergeants' Mess, 10 PARA, July 1992

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  • Group photograph of Mortar Pl, 10 PARA, Salisbury Plain, 1992

    Group photograph of Mortar Pl, 10 PARA, Salisbury Plain, 1992

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  • Group photograph of 2 PARA Sergeants' Mess, Jan 1990

    Group photograph of 2 PARA Sergeants' Mess, Jan 1990

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  • Group photograph of Support Coy, 2 Para, Tern Hill, Dec 1988

    Group photograph of Support Coy, 2 Para, Tern Hill, Dec 1988

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  • Group photograph of a platoon of Support Coy, 2 PARA, Fermanagh, June 1990

    Group photograph of a platoon of Support Coy, 2 PARA, Fermanagh, June 1990

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  • Soldiers of 2 Para Mortar Pln during an exercise at Queens Ave, Aldershot

    Soldiers of 2 Para Mortar Pln during an exercise at Queens Ave, Aldershot

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  • Group photograph of 10 (V) Para Mortar Pln, Leigh on Sea, Southend, 1993.

    Group photograph of 10 (V) Para Mortar Pln, Leigh on Sea, Southend, 1993.

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  • Group photograph of the 2 PARA Judo team, 1980.

    Group photograph of the 2 PARA Judo team, 1980.

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  • Group photograph of Depot Para 397 Pln, 1973

    Group photograph of Depot Para 397 Pln, 1973

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  • Soldiers of Support Company HQ on the north spur of Wireless Ridge on the official cease-fire, 14 June 1982.

    Soldiers of Support Company HQ on the north spur of Wireless Ridge on the official cease-fire, 14 June 1982.

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  • Informal group photograph of 2 Para Mortar Platoon, Malaya, 1975

    Informal group photograph of 2 Para Mortar Platoon, Malaya, 1975

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  • Platoon Sergeant's Senior NCO Tactical Wing course, Jan-March 1987

    Platoon Sergeant's Senior NCO Tactical Wing course, Jan-March 1987

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  • Veterans of Support Company HQ at the 21st Anniversary Dinner of the Falklands War, 1982

    Veterans of Support Company HQ at the 21st Anniversary Dinner of the Falklands War, 1982

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  • Veterans in London for 25th Anniversary of the Falklands Campaign, 2007

    Veterans in London for 25th Anniversary of the Falklands Campaign, 2007

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  • 'Yank' on Retirement in 1996 - after 22 yrs Service

    'Yank' on Retirement in 1996 - after 22 yrs Service

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  • Steve J Thayer whilst in Junior Parachute Company (JPC), 1973

    Steve J Thayer whilst in Junior Parachute Company (JPC), 1973

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Depot Recruit Training Report, 1974

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Depot Recruit Training Report, 1974

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's German Para Wings award, 1976

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's German Para Wings award, 1976

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Junior NCO Cadre report, 1981

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Junior NCO Cadre report, 1981

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  • Letter nominating the Norland Trophy to L Cpl Thayer for actions in the Falklands

    Letter nominating the Norland Trophy to L Cpl Thayer for actions in the Falklands

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Support Weapons Wing (SWW) Range Authorization Qualification, 1984

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Support Weapons Wing (SWW) Range Authorization Qualification, 1984

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Junior NCO Section Commander Course Report, 1984

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Junior NCO Section Commander Course Report, 1984

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  • 25 Flight AAC Gazelle Pilots Course certificate, Belize Airport Camp, 1987

    25 Flight AAC Gazelle Pilots Course certificate, Belize Airport Camp, 1987

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's NCOs Platoon Sergeants Course certificate, 1987

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's NCOs Platoon Sergeants Course certificate, 1987

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's 81 mm Mortar NCOs Course Report, 1988

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's 81 mm Mortar NCOs Course Report, 1988

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Support Weapon Wing (SWW) Course Report, 1992

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Support Weapon Wing (SWW) Course Report, 1992

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  • Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Polish Paratrooper Association Award, 1993

    Steve 'Yank' Thayer's Polish Paratrooper Association Award, 1993

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  • CSgt Thayer's Royal Tournament letter of thanks from Lt Col Mathers, 1991

    CSgt Thayer's Royal Tournament letter of thanks from Lt Col Mathers, 1991

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  • Letter about the MV Norland from North Sea Ferries to Steve 'Yank' Thayer, October 1991

    Letter about the MV Norland from North Sea Ferries to Steve 'Yank' Thayer, October 1991

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