Private HAROLD PAUL THAMES
Private HAROLD PAUL THAMES, U. S. Marines USMC. He is the husband of Christine Sliman Thames of Many, and father of Asber Marion, Harold, Jr., and Howard Ellis Thames. He was born August 19, 1921, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Thames of Dry Prong, and attended Dry Prong and Many High Schools. He operated a motion picture projector prior to entering the United States Marine Corps on June 21, 194, in New Orleans, at the age of 22. From the United States Marine Corps Base, San Diego, California, and Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, he embarked December 14, 1944, for the Russell Islands with the First Marine Division. He served in the Russells, at Guadalcanal, Saipan, Guam, Okinawa, and Stingtoa, China, as an infantryman with the First Marine Division, and was in combat in the Marine action on Okinawa April 1 to June 20, 1945 (PTO). He has the Purple Heart Medal (PHM) for wounds received in action against the enemy, received March 5, 1946, at Many. He was granted his honorable discharge on December 13, 1945, at San Diego. California.
1- THE FIGHTING MEN OF LOUISIANA – LOUISIANA HISTORICAL INSTITUTE – 1946