Larry C ThorntonChief Master Sergeant
4TH ACS, 6250TH CSG, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
03 March 1932 - 22 January 1974
Idaho Falls, ID
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The database page for Larry C Thornton
Chief Thornton was an aerial gunner on the AC-47D ("Spooky") and a proud member of the United States Air Force. He left behind three sons and a wife, along with other family. I recently recieved a letter from his mother, a wonderful lady, and would like to spread the word about the "losses" in Vietnam, hoping more will be done to bring our soldiers home! For 36 years, she and his sons have waited for any word, but nothing yet!
Below is an exerpt from the synopsis of his flight. The correct date that the Spooky was shot down is 24 December, 1965, even though some sites/articles list his "casualty" date as 22 January, 1974!
The Douglas AC-47D, nicknamed Puff the Magic Dragon or Spooky, was a nocturnal savior to American and South Vietnamese troops at besieged outposts deep in Viet Cong and Pathet Lao-held territory.CMSgt. Thornton and his crewmates are still waiting to return from their mission. The Spooky's crew are among 600 Americans who never returned from Laos!
My full memorial to
From a newfound friend,
In 1996 when I was in the 8th grade I bought a MIA bracelet. I chose a man the same rank and the same branch of military as my father was. Every day I thought about who and where this man was, without ever knowing what had happened to him or even knowing him.
Today I found out 7 years later.
Sometimes my life moves so fast and I wear this bracelet to remind me to slow things down and to be grateful to the people that have allowed me to live here and be free. I'm grateful to his family for allowing him to fight for us, and I will continue to support his cause by wearing the bracelet until he is found.
A Note from The Virtual Wall
The Secretary of the Air Force approved Presumptive Findings of death for SPOOKY 21's crewmen; for CMS Larry Thornton, that Finding was issued on 22 January 1974. At that time, his status was changed to "Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered". As of 11 Feb 2003 his remains have not been repatriated. Current status for all servicemen listed as "Missing in Action" is available on our Personnel Missing - SE Asia pages.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 08/10/2009