Corporal Walter Thorne

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Collection Walter Thorne
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Description Gelatin print of Corporal Walter Thorne in uniform.
Year Range from 1917
Event Mexican Border 1916
Year range to 1917
Medium Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Bust view portrait of Corporal Walter Thorne. He wears the M1917 Tunic with M1912 Garrison Hat. His collar disks ar for the 2nd Wisconsin National Guard with crossed infantry rifles and Company "F". He also wears the Mexican Border Campaign Medal, awarded by the State of Wisconsin.
Walter Thorne was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. He was the son of Robert and Emma M. Thorne. They moved to Oshkosh prior to 1916. He worked as a laborer. Walter enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard; saw service on the Mexican Border; promoted to Corporal; company transferred and became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division during World War I. He was killed in action from massive schrapnel wounds to both legs on July 30, 1918 during the Ourcq River Battles near Servinges and Maronil, France, Chateau Thierry Campaign. His parents owned a house at 146 Spruce Street. Robert worked at Paine Lumber, but was unemployed for almost a year from 1917-1918. They lost there home in 1918 and retuned to Chicago.
Object ID P1935.8.2
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Thorne, Walter
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Mexican Border War
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
World War I
Title Corporal Walter Thorne
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