[courtesy of "Harrison"]
Grave marker for Frank B. Thornton in Section I,
Site 572, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. San Diego (San Diego
A recent college graduate, Frank registered for the
draft in Port Orchard, WA on 16 October 1940 and was inducted into
the Army on 20 August 1941,
On 14 August
1944, 1st Lt Thornton was transferred from the 11th Replacement
Depot to Company C, 508th PIR.
was wounded in action on 6 October 1944 and evacuated to a field
hospital. Although the Morning Report indicated he was
"slightly wounded," he had in fact lost his left leg. He later
described the incident as "the 88 shell blasted my left leg within
walking distance, but I couldn't get to it."
On 17 November 1944 he was transferred to the
Parachute Replacement Regiment at the Parachute School, Fort
Benning, GA for additional treatment.
Elevated to the rank of Captain, he was discharged under disability
on 25 January 1946.