Alfred Regis Thayer (1900 - 1970)



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in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky United States


on in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
Cause of death: Colon Cancer

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Colon Cancer

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at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, California United States


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Children: Donald Maxwell Thayer and Albert James Thayer

Wife: Florence Mae (Brede) Thayer
Children with Florence: Marian Edith (Thayer) Smith, Donald Maxwell Thayer, Albert James Thayer, Evelyn Mae (Thayer) Warren, Helen Elizabeth Thayer, Georgia Katherine Thayer, and Frederick Richard Thayer


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Truck Driver/Cook


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1 Military WWI
Under Alfred Regis Thayer-See Draft Card photo with birthdate changed to 1903.

2 Military WWII Under James Regis Long
391st Bomb Squad Army Air Corps
1942 28 Sep - 18 Jul 1945
Enlisted in Los Angeles
Rank-Private: Job-Electric Truck Driver then Cook

18 Jul 1945 – Ft MacArthur, California
Enlisted under fictitious name James Regis Long with a fictitious birthdate of 5 Mar 1903 (because he was too old) served in Normandy, France. He was issued a lapel button 1945 in Los Angeles, California.

Alfred trained at Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, Missouri (Cook and Bakers School) and was attached as well as separated at Ft MacArthur, California.

Battle:Normandy (6 Jun 1944)

Reason for Seperation: Convenience of Goverment-Over 40 years of age. (Little did they know he wasn't 40, he was 43!)

James R Long in the U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

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Name: James R Long
Birth Year: 1903 *Actually it was 1900
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Kentucky
State of Residence: California
County or City: Los Angeles

Enlistment Date: 28 Sep 1942
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: Los Angeles
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled warehousing, storekeeping, handling, loading, unloading, and related occupations, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Single, without dependents *he was married as Alfred Regis Thayer to Florence Mae Brede and they had several children.*
Height: 70
Weight: 182

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1900 - In the year that Alfred Regis Thayer was born, artist Henri Matisse, born in 1869 in France, began the fauvist movement. Only lasting a few years in popularity (ending around 1904), fauvism was in many ways the beginning of modern art. Matisse was fond of bright, vibrant colors and used them in his paintings - contrary to the muted use of color previously. While the fauvist movement declined in popularity, Matisse did not and he went on to create many more works of art and even a museum for his work, 2 years before his death in 1954. (In French, les Fauves means "the wild beasts". Matisse and those who followed his example were called "beasts" because of the bold colors that they used in their artwork.)

1916 - Alfred was 16 years old when the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

1931 - By the time he was 31 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

1961 - Alfred was 61 years old when on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

1970 - In the year of Alfred Regis Thayer's passing, on April 10th, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles. (John Lennon had previously told the band that he was leaving but hadn't publicly announced it.) By the end of the year, each Beatle had his own album.

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Alfred Regis Thayer, father to 9 children, passed away on October 10, 1970 in Los Angeles, California at 70 years of age. His family lists the cause of death as: colon Cancer. He was buried in Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California. Alfred was born on March 5, 1900 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He had Donald Maxwell Thayer, and Albert James Thayer with an unknown spouse.He married Florence Brede. and they gave birth to Marian Edith (Thayer) Smith, Donald Maxwell Thayer, Albert James Thayer, Evelyn Mae (Thayer) Warren, Helen Elizabeth Thayer, Georgia Katherine Thayer, and Frederick Richard Thayer.

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