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Boots Thomas, Jr
Original name: Ernest Ivy Thomas
Birth: Mar. 10, 1924
Tampa
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) 
 
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 Parents:
  Ernest Ivy Thomas (1899 - 1939)
  Martha E Thornton Thomas Bryan (1902 - 1968)
 
 Siblings:
  Boots Thomas (1924 - 1945)
  John Thornton Thomas (1927 - 2014)*
  Martha Jean Thomas Bishop (1927 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Roseland Cemetery
Monticello
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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Boots, Now you and Steve can "visit".Doc is getting anxious! Lining up hispallbearers! God' PeaceFrom your Monticello "family"
-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014

- Beverly Joe Vaughn
 Added: Jun. 1, 2014
Thank You!!! ~~~BLESSINGS~~~
- Little_Storm
 Added: May. 26, 2014
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