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Boots Thomas, Jr
Original name: Ernest Ivy Thomas
Birth: Mar. 10, 1924
Hillsborough County
Florida, USA
Death: Mar. 3, 1945

World War II United States Marine. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Platoon Sergeant in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division. He was one of the six Marines who raised the first American flag on Mount Surabachi on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. A larger flag later replaced the first, and the raising of that flag was captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in what has become one of the most famous photographs in history. Sergeant Thomas was killed in action ten days later, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery during the battle. (bio by: Erik Lander) 
Family links: 
  Ernest Ivy Thomas (1899 - 1939)
  Martha E Thornton Thomas Bryan (1902 - 1968)
  Boots Thomas (1924 - 1945)
  Martha Jean Thomas Bishop (1927 - 2008)*
  John Thornton Thomas (1927 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Roseland Cemetery
Jefferson County
Florida, USA
Plot: Lot 95 West 1/2
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Feb 24, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6210602
Boots Thomas, Jr
Added by: Erik Lander
Boots Thomas, Jr
Added by: Erik Lander
Boots Thomas, Jr
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Semper Fi, Marine. You've inspired so many young Marines. Thank you for all you have done for Corps and country.
- Cemetery Dawg
 Added: Jul. 28, 2015
 Added: Jul. 18, 2015
Memorial Day Blessings. Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in eternal peace. Semper Fi!
- sjm
 Added: May. 25, 2015
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