|Rank||Private U.S. Army|
|Date of Death||December 6 1953|
Korean Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Private Thornton was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Private Thornton was a member of Company C, 64th Medium Tank Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. On December 6, 1953, he was killed by an enemy mine explosion near Nangyu-ri, Korea.