Thomas P. Thorne

November 12, 1924 - March 24, 1945

Trenton, New Jersey - Dinslaken, Germany



Thomas P. Thorne was born on 12 November 1924 in Trenton, New Jersey. He attended Rahway High School in Rahway, NJ. After graduation he went to study at Rutgers University in September 1942. While at Rutgers, Thomas was a brother of Beta Theta Pi. He only  attended one year as he enlisted in the army on 27 May, 1943.

He was promoted to the rank of Corporal on 24 February, 1945.

He trained at Camp Wheeler, GA and served with Company L, 315th Infantry, 79th Division of the 9th Army.

The 79th Infantry Division landed in Normandy on 12 June and saw action for the first time on the 19th of that month. It continued to be in action till early 1945, when it was taken off the line for some rest and recuperation. In March of 1945 the division was brought up to the Rhine river to participate in the Rhine crossing, Operation Varsity.


315th Infantry Regiment

79th Infantry Division

The XVI Corps' plan called for two infantry divisions, the 30th and 79th, to cross the river simultaneously at Mehrum and Milchplatz. After the bridgehead was expanded, the 35th and 75th Infantry Divisions would be committed. The 8th Armored Division, as the corps reserve, would be held west of the Rhine until the battle for the far shore was developed enough to show where it could be employed best.

Thomas was killed on the first day of the operation, 24 March 1945, while on a patrol crossing the high ground north of Dinslaken, to see if the enemy had established a line of resistance there. When the patrol reached its destination, it was immediately fired upon by the enemy.

Cpl Thomas Thorne is buried at Margraten American Military Cemetery, Plot D Row 1 Grave 26.


Margraten, The Netherlands

See Also:
Pvt Sidney A Curtis
Sgt Charlie Douglas
Pfc Earl Dryden
TSgt Eugene Fox
Pvt Garner Layton
SSgt Woodrow W Marshall
Pvt Kenneth L Peterson
Cpl Omar H Rufkahr
Pfc William V Sheenan
Pfc Lester Smith
Pfc David R Utterback

Pictures of 79th Infantry Division crossing the Rhine on 24 March 1945

Rutgers University Oral History Project
American Battlefield Monuments Commission
National Archives AAD website

Directions to Margraten American Military Cemetery

Posted 23 April 2006

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