Taps, Present Arms
First Class (Retired) William H. Thornton, 83, died on May 16, 2010,
in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thornton was known as "Pappy" by his Army buddies and was
a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was in the first
battle of the Korean War, July 1950, and was assigned to Company B,
21st infantry, 24th infantry Division, Task Force Smith. During the
Vietnam War he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as a
sniper and sniper instructor.
Thornton shot with the 3rd and 6th Army Marksmanship Training
Units, 7th and 8th Army Rifle Teams, and was assigned to the
USAMU Service Rifle Team. His shooting awards include the German Gold
Schutzens Badge, President's
Hundred Tab, and the U. S.
Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge (1964).
Thornton retired from the Army after a distinguished 27-year career.
Upon retirement , he trained to become a barber and worked a second
career at the Barber Shop located on the U.S. Naval Support Base in
Thornton was buried with full military honors at the Southern Nevada
Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada, on May 21, 2010.