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Herbert Richard Thomas

T/5 in 3133rd Signal Service Co

Born 1922 in IN, Died 1995

County of residence at enlistment: Floyd County, IN
Other residence(s): Greenville, IN; Pryor, OK; Cincinnati, OH
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: clerks and kindred occupations
College education before the war: William & Mary
College education after the war: Purdue
Notes: Rank changed from PVT in GA roster to T/5 per gravestone and family records
Source: 3133rd roster from 10th Mountain Division Museum at Fort Drum; AES 1944 Christmas Dinner Program; photo courtesy Karen Thomas Lower

Dick Thomas was born on November 2, 1922 in Spencer, IN, the oldest of three children. His father was a garage mechanic, and later a furnace installer.

In 1940, he graduated from New Albany High School (IN)—a centralized high school for a rural region (which included his community of Greenville, IN).

It is likely that he attended William & Mary University for a year, but by 1942 was working as a clerk for DuPont in Pryor, OK.* He registered for the draft on June 29, 1942 and enlisted on January 4, 1943.

He was eventually assigned to the 3133 Signal Service Company, and saw service in Italy in 1945. He was discharged on February 2, 1946 with the rank of T/5.

Dick returned to Indiana and used his GI Bill benefits to study engineering at Purdue, graduating in 1950. He returned briefly to his roots—teaching shop for one year in New Albany, IN, at the same high school he had attended. He took a summer job at General Electric in 1951 and ended up spending the rest of his career there.

He married Orlena Mae Lindsey on January 31, 1953 in Cincinnati, OH; they would go on to have three daughters: Karen, Janet, and Linda.

He was an engineer with GE until the late 1970s when he switched to their finance division, working with electrical power plant accounts. He retired in 1983.

Dick's hobbies included gardening and coin collecting. He was also very involved in his local church and served as treasurer and board member for many years.

Dick was living in Cincinnati, OH at the time of his death, on September 2, 1995, and is buried at Rest Haven Cemetery in Sharonville, OH.

*He was likely one of 10,000 employees at a critical ammunition powder plant in Pryor, Oklahoma Ordnance Works. The plant represented a cooperative venture between DuPont and the federal government, and was located, along with a prisoner of war camp, on 15,000 acres of government land on the border of Cherokee Nation territory.


1922 birth record

1930 census

1940 census

1942 draft card

1943 enlistment record,1160413,5953744,1160406,1161254,1167949,5514291,1159607,1161312,1160063

1950 Purdue yearbook (listed as Richard H. Thomas)

1953 marriage record

1995 Find a Grave record*j9yszi*_gcl_aw*R0NMLjE3MTIwNzA0ODkuQ2owS0NRancyYTZ3QmhDVkFSSXNBQlBlSDFzUDNGQVg4UzRNYzNtQnhEZ3ZsRlItUWNSVVJscUF5S3hxUnFJWkltdTdfdFJyczJYZ0hfa2FBZ1M3RUFMd193Y0I.*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE3MTIwNzA0ODkuQ2owS0NRancyYTZ3QmhDVkFSSXNBQlBlSDFzUDNGQVg4UzRNYzNtQnhEZ3ZsRlItUWNSVVJscUF5S3hxUnFJWkltdTdfdFJyczJYZ0hfa2FBZ1M3RUFMd193Y0I.*_gcl_au*Nzk1ODc1Njg3LjE3MTEyMjY3ODM.*_ga*MTkwMTcxOTc5LjE3MTEyMjY3ODQ.*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*YWFiYjA4YWYtYzY1YS00MTU2LThhZTEtYmY2MDgxY2NkOGE2LjIwLjEuMTcxMjQzMzE4MS41My4wLjA.*_ga_LMK6K2LSJH*YWFiYjA4YWYtYzY1YS00MTU2LThhZTEtYmY2MDgxY2NkOGE2LjM1LjEuMTcxMjQzMzE4MS4wLjAuMA..

1995 Social Security applications and claims index

1995 Ohio death record

2024 (March 13) GALP Veteran Biography Worksheet from daughter Karen Thomas Lower

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