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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

American Legion to honor Private Thoma

Sep 30, 2013
Photo by: American Legion At the proposed new memorial site in Oregon Township Cemetery from left are Post 351 Armorer Bob Duncan, Commander Tom Hartsock, Project Team Member Sonny Phipps, and Larry Bean.

Members of Ainsworth’s James Harlan Thoma American Legion Post 351 inspect flagged site for the upcoming new memorial stone that will permanently honor their Post’s namesake, Private James Harlan (Jack) Thoma. The memorial will be dedicated in a ceremony at Oregon Township Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov.10.

Thoma, an artilleryman from Ainsworth, was killed in France at one of the battles of Champagne Province a month before the WWI Armistice Nov. 11, 1918. He is buried in France.

Post 351 is seeking information about living descendants of Orville or Mabel Thoma or other family members, as well as original founders of Post 351. Those with information are asked to contact Post 351 Community Relations Director, Jim Stephens, at 319-461-9241.

 

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