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Donald Delbert Thorne
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1927
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1997
Atascadero
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA

Donald D Thorne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. in Jan. 1945. He served his country as a Marine for 20 years. As a sergeant in the Korean War, he led his platoon up Heartbreak Ridge. Don was a member of the Marine Gold Team and at one time held both the world rifle and pistol records. He was a rifle instructor at both the old Camp Mathews in San Diego, CA and at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA. He was married to Virginia Gordon Baxter in July, 1952 and had two children: William Donald Thorne born May 1955 at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington; and Helen Gordon Thorne born in Louisville, Georgia in August, 1956. Don's second wife was Donna Mae Chapell. They married in 1968 and divorced in 1976. Don lived at his uncle Dan Thorne's ranch in Atascadero, CA from the early 1990's until his death. He remained, always, a Marine - Semper Fi, Don. 
 
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 Parents:
  Kelsey Thorne (1896 - 1990)
  Helen Isham Thorne (1899 - 1985)
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Kelsey Thorne (1919 - 2012)*
  Lorraine Joyce Thorne Korntved (1920 - 1999)*
  Vivian Lucille Thorne Bullock (1922 - 2012)*
  June Marie Thorne Whitmore (1926 - 2013)*
  Donald Delbert Thorne (1927 - 1997)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Santa Margarita Cemetery
Santa Margarita
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Sandra Freeman Dean
Originally Created by: Time_angel
Record added: Feb 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33890976
Donald Delbert Thorne
Added by: Les
 
Donald Delbert Thorne
Added by: Sandra Freeman Dean
 
Donald Delbert Thorne
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Added by: Nate Maas
 
 
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- Les
 Added: Feb. 3, 2013
We were so sorry to lose you, but know you are in a better place now. Love you, Uncle Don - Sandra
- Sandra Freeman Dean
 Added: Oct. 6, 2012
 
 
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