Thornton, Thomas Ray, CT3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
CT-0000-Cryptologic Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Cryptologic Technician
Primary Unit
1967-1967, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
Service Years
1965 - 1967
CT-Cryptologic Technician (not specified)

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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address

Date of Passing
Jun 08, 1967
Location of Interment
Ferncliff Cemetery - Springfield, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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USS Liberty
  2015, USS Liberty

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Last Known Activity
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Thomas Ray Thornton -- 1944-1967

Thomas Ray, affectionately known as Tommy, was born in Springfield, Ohio on February 1, 1944, to William R. and Anna (Fay) Thornton. Tommy has a sister, Joann Nuss, who grew up with Tommy when they lived on North Race Street. After completing grade school, he attended North High School. Tommy was a member of the track team and distinguished himself during the period 1960 through 1962 when he was awarded trophies for his accomplishments.

His coach, James Rolfes, had a special fondness for this young man. Whenever asked about Tommy, Mr. Rolfes had only good things to say and ranked him highest amongst those who preceded him.

Tommy graduated from North High School in 1962 and continued his education at Ohio State University. He left the university and joined the navy with hopes of returning to school when his military obligation was completed.

Tommy was a former employee of Robbins and Myers, Inc.

Tommy is buried at Ferncliff cemetery.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLProfessional Schools and CoursesUSS Liberty (AGTR-5)
  1965-1965, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1965-1966, Service Schools Command (Faculty Staff)/SSC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1965-1966, Cryptologic Technician A School
  1967-1967, USS Liberty (AGTR-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 USS Liberty Incident (Israel)
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio State University
  1962-1964, Ohio State University
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