Richard Thornton (1896-1973) enlisted on April 4, 1917. Richard was overseas from January 1918 until May 1919, when he was honorably discharged.
On February 5, 1918, the steamship Tuscania was transporting over 2,000 American soldiers bound for Europe. The steamship was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-77. 213 people lost their lives. Richard survived the attack.
After his return home, Richard was a member of the Last Man's Clup of Chippewa Falls and the Roy L. Vingers American Legion.
Richard and his wife Elizabeth moved to La Crosse, WI and spent the rest of their lives there.