JAMES V THORNTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 41E, LINE 31 OF THE WALL

JAMES VINCENT THORNTON

WALL NAME

JAMES V THORNTON

PANEL / LINE

41E/31

DATE OF BIRTH

04/29/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG AN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/25/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES VINCENT THORNTON
POSTED ON 5.6.2005
POSTED BY: Bob Ross

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932

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POSTED ON 2.25.2004

Thank you

I am a student from Gridley High school and as part of a U.S. History project we are leaving rememberances for all the people who dont have them. There are no words to describe the pain you felt that day but for your actions millions of people have a place to live, work, and eat. your actions that day or anytime will never be forgotten. thanks......
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POSTED ON 2.9.2004
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

Three Area GI's Are Killed in Vietnam Action

The Defense Department reported Tuesday that Sp/4 James V. Thornton, 20, of 5534 Blakemore st., was killed in Vietnam combat.
Sp/4 Thornton was killed February 4 while riding on a military vehicle. He was a member of the First Cavalry, 199th Infantry.

OTHER SURVIVORS

He was graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1965 and worked about a year as a knitting machine operator until being drafted in September, 1966. At school he had been a member of the archery and rifle teams.
Surviving are his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Fortune; a brother, Robert, and three sisters, Gloria, Deborah and Eunice.

Photo and article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 6, 1968.
The others mentioned were SP4 Robert J. Chambers of Philadelphia, PA and SP4 Clifford G. Stockton of Chester, PA.
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POSTED ON 5.27.2003
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

One of Philadelphia PA's 630 fallen sons.

Photo was taken from the Philadelphia Daily News of October 26, 1987. The special supplement entitled, "SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' was published in conjunction with the dedication of the Philadelphia Viet Nam Memorial.
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POSTED ON 10.11.2002
POSTED BY: Robert Greer

Member of Ben Franklin High rifle and archery teams

James V. Thornton
Blakemore Street, West Oak Lane

"Skip" Thornton was on the rifle and archery teams at Benjamin Franklin High School, graduating in 1965. He worked as a knitting machine operator for about a year before being drafted. The 17-year-old Army specialist four, a member of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, died on February 25, 1965, the first Philadelphia resident to die in Vietnam of combat-related causes. Survivors included his mother, half-brother and three half-sisters.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
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