Gordon Ross Thornton (1926 - 1998)

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Burial / Funeral

Florida National Cemetery
Section 203 Site 90,
6502 Sw. 102nd Ave., Bushnell, Fl

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Everett, Snohomish County, Washington

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Branch of service: Us Navy, Us Navy
Rank attained: MOMM3, EN1
Wars/Conflicts: Korea

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1926 - In the year that Gordon Ross Thornton was born, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

1927 - At the age of merely 1 year old, Gordon was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

1945 - Gordon was 19 years old when on August 6th, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. On August 9th, an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. At least 129,000 people were killed in the two bombings and they still remain the only use of atomic bombs in war. An invasion on mainland Japan had been planned but President Truman ordered the bombs dropped instead.

1951 - When he was 25 years old, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

1998 - In the year of Gordon Ross Thornton's passing, on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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Gordon Ross Thornton died on October 20, 1998 at 72 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. He was buried in Florida National Cemetery Section 203 Site 90, Bushnell, Fl. He was born on March 30, 1926. We have no information about Gordon's immediate family. We know that Gordon Ross Thornton had been residing in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.

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