Thomas Lewis Armstrong (1925 - 1944)

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Thomas Lewis Armstrong
1925 - 1944
c. 1925
September 16, 1944
Thomas Lewis Armstrong was born c. 1925, and died at age 18 years old on September 16, 1944. Thomas Armstrong was buried at Kasterlee War Cemetery I.d.4. in Belgium. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Thomas Lewis Armstrong.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 14550634 Rank: Private Regiment: King's Own Scottish Borderers Unit/ship/squadron: 6th Bn.
September 16, 1944
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Kasterlee War Cemetery I.d.4. in Belgium
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Thomas Lewis Armstrong lived 52 years shorter than the average Armstrong family member when he died at the age of 19.
The average age of an Armstrong family member is 71.

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In 1925, in the year that Thomas Lewis Armstrong was born, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1930, at the age of only 5 years old, Thomas was alive when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1935, by the time he was just 10 years old, the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1944, in the year of Thomas Lewis Armstrong's passing, on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.


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