KENNETH C THORNTON
VIEW ALL PHOTOS (2)
HONORED ON PANEL 6W, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

KENNETH CHARLES THORNTON

WALL NAME

KENNETH C THORNTON

PANEL / LINE

6W/17

DATE OF BIRTH

09/06/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KHANH HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/22/1970

HOME OF RECORD

CLEVELAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cuyahoga County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

Book a time
Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH CHARLES THORNTON
POSTED ON 1.22.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
read more read less
POSTED ON 12.9.2023

Ground Casualty

On May 16, 1971, a New York Times article described heroin use by American troops in Vietnam had reached epidemic proportions. The piece reported that 10 to 15 percent of lower-ranking enlisted men were heroin users, and military officials working in drug‐suppression estimated that as much as a quarter of all enlisted personnel, more than 60,000 men, were hooked. They added that some field surveys reported units with more than 50 percent of the men on heroin. In Vietnam, the drug was plentiful, cheap, and 95 percent pure. Its effects could casually be achieved through smoking or snorting, as compared to the U.S., where the drug was impure, only about five percent heroin, and had to be main-lined or injected into the bloodstream to achieve a comparable high. The habit, which cost $100 a day to maintain in the U.S., cost less than $5 a day in Vietnam. SP4 Kenneth C. Thornton was a Mechanical Maintenance Helper serving with Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), Troop Command, Army Depot Cam Ranh Bay, Army Support Command Cam Ranh Bay, 1st Logistical Command, U.S. Army Republic of Vietnam. Early on the morning of October 22, 1970, Thornton was found unresponsive in bed in his unit’s enlisted men’s barracks at Cam Ranh Army Air Field in Khanh Hoa Province, RVN. He was transported to the medical dispensary where he was dead on arrival. The following December 8th, the Army issued a casualty report in which Thornton’s death was attributed to “acute narcotism.” He was 21 years old. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “G.I. Heroin Addiction Epidemic in Vietnam.” New York Times (New York, NY), May 16, 1971]
read more read less
POSTED ON 11.29.2023

SP4 Kenneth C. Thornton’s Military ID

Image courtesy of Redbird Research LLC, Saint Charles, MO.
read more read less
POSTED ON 8.24.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

73

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
read more read less
POSTED ON 7.30.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Kenneth Thornton, Thank you for your service as a Mechanical Maintenance Helper. 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.
read more read less
1 2 3 4