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[courtesy of "Harrison"]

Grave marker for Frank B. Thornton in Section I, Site 572, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. San Diego (San Diego county), California.


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.

Lt Thornton 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.

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