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 Thornton Darus Trout, Sr

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Thornton Darus Trout, Sr

  • Birth 5 Feb 1883 Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 12 Jan 1949 Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 27713620

Husband of 1) Flora Emma Maus, 2) Dorothy W. Gotwald

Thornton Darus TROUT was born 5 Feb 1883 in Birmingham, Tyrone Twp, Blair, PA.

Thornton Darus TROUT served as a Marine corporal from 1900 to 1901 in the Boxer Rebellion in China, and then from 1904 to 1913 in the Philippines, again with detached duty in Peking. With the coming of World War I, Thornton again stepped forward and promptly registered for the draft, and then later at the venerable age of 59 years old, once again promptly registered for the draft in World War II. In this strong family tradition of service, it is not at all surprising that his son, Thornton, Jr., only 17 days after his 18th birthday, enlisted on 10 Jan 1942 in the US Army Air Force for the "duration of the war". His son, a waist gunner in a B-24 Liberator, was shot down near Vienna, Austria on 26 Jun 1944, and was temporarily buried in an American military cemetery in Europe. When Thornton, Sr., became gravely ill in late 1948, he told family he "hoped he could live until his boy could be brought home" from the War. His wish was fulfilled, and Thornton, Sr., died only days after the arrival of his son's casket. Father and son were buried 15 Jan 1949 in an unusual dual funeral service with full military honors for both.

Thornton Darus TROUT worked 45 years for the Pennsylvania Railroad, last serving as a freight conductor in Enola Yards near Harrisburg. Thornton was a member of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, No. 383.

Gravestone photo courtesy Glenn Koons who also allowed us to adopt his original posting.

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  • Created by: Craig H. Trout
  • Added: 21 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27713620
  • Craig H. Trout
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thornton Darus Trout, Sr (5 Feb 1883–12 Jan 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27713620, citing Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Craig H. Trout (contributor 46822921) .