RICHARD L THORNELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 16E, LINE 82 OF THE WALL

RICHARD LLOYD THORNELL

WALL NAME

RICHARD L THORNELL

PANEL / LINE

16E/82

DATE OF BIRTH

01/09/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/14/1967

HOME OF RECORD

PORTAGE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kalamazoo County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD LLOYD THORNELL
POSTED ON 7.29.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Richard Thornell, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is another summer. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 12.23.2016
POSTED BY: Neil Disney

Fallen teammate

Richard Thornell was a teammate on the 1-9 Portage Northern football team during the first year of the school's existence in 1966. I recall an end of season gathering for the team at his home. Dick, a senior, joined USMC right out of high school.
The next time I met his parents was at the funeral home. Bob Ryskamp, another teammate, and stopped by to pay our respects to our teammate. Richard's father commented on how good his son looked in his Marine dress uniform. It was a somber experience for two high school boys.
Years later I visited the Memorial in DC and located Richard's name. Words fail to express the debt owed to Richard and other young men and women who were denied the opportunity to grow old with their family and friends.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2016
POSTED BY: veterans national living memorial forest cushing 100 acres pop 65 .

LIVING PINE TREE,PLANTED AT VETERANS NATIONAL LIVING MEM.BY USMC NAM DISABLED VET 1980S

1980 bought 100 acres center of mn as disabled nam usmc dmz vet.back injury UPS 1976 ,job ended thrown out no comp,lived on vA dis $234/month. home foreclosed sold before sale bought 100 acres lived in tent cushing mn.colleges 3 etc no jobs avail.at 24 suffered nervous breakdown mpls vets hosp (early ptsd 1974 ,1980 ptsd came about. suffered yrs as survivors guilt nam tet 68 one of 4 who survived battles dmx at 18 yrs old. Memorial day 1980 was planting trees i dug up along roads.crying i thought of my nam losses buddies,(yrs later told your tears watered first trees by reporter doing my story).right that day i said i will plant a tree for all Nam KIAS MIAS 60,000.36 yrs later still planting.lyme 12 times 32 yrs keeps me broke sick.yet i keep my promise planting for you Dickie and others,SEMPER FI CHAPLAIN GEOFFREY STEINER MINN.I NEVER FORGOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!never will!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS ALL YOUR FAMILIES FRIENDS OF KIAS MIAS NAM i brought back two mias remains from nam my 5 trips back to nam.
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POSTED ON 8.12.2016
POSTED BY: Tom Hutt

I remember Dick very well

Dick and I were both from Portage. We saw quite a lot of each other socially and often talked about joining the Corps.
I took the plunge in October, 1966. Dick, a few months later.
I saw Dick while he was home on leave after completing boot camp and ITR at Camp Pendleton. He said he'd be shipping out to WESTPAC shortly.
That was the last I saw of him. I was told about his death a few months later.
Richard is buried just a few yards from my home at South Portage Cemetery. Not a Fall goes by that I don't visit his gravesite and think of him and all my Marine brothers. Bless all of them.
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POSTED ON 12.26.2014
POSTED BY: Jerrie Lynn

Christmas 2014 Memory

I miss you.
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