Rodney Gardner ThorntonSergeant
F CO, 2ND BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
19 January 1941 - 05 October 1966
Salt Lake City, Utah
Panel 11E Line 050
The database page for Rodney Gardner Thornton
My name is Mary L. Young. My father was killed in action in Vietnam on 10/05/66. His name was Rodney G. Thornton. He was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps (2/9), married to Alice A. Thornton.
My Dad had two children, myself and my brother, Patrick G. Thornton (deceased). Dad was born on 01/19/41 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was raised in the Mormon faith. His name appears on the wall, panel 11E, line 50.
Please add him to your The Virtual Wall and accept my sincere gratitude for all your wonderful work.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 2/9 Marines Command Chronology for October 1966 includes the entry paraphrased below:
2330, 05 Oct 1966 - At 2320 [11:20 PM] a Fox 2/9 platoon in its night defensive position received one round of artillery which burst directly above two four-man fighting positions. Three Marines were killed and eleven wounded. First aid was administered and a medevac helicopter was called.The three men killed by the artillery shell were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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