Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020 - The fallen crew of the USS Thresher, gone but not forgotten!

My thoughts on this Memorial Day are of the fallen crew of the USS Thresher (SSN-593).

"On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 350 km (220 mi) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard."

My Dad served briefly on the USS Thresher, but decided the submarine service was not for him. He knew crew members who lost their lives and always remembered those who lost their lives in that tragedy.

Among his mementos, my Dad kept the following

as well as a thank you letter for those who contributed to the education fund for the crew's children.

USS Thresher motto: Vis Tacita (Silent Strength)

May God bless all the armed forces who gave "their last full measure of devotion" on the altar of freedom for the United States of America.  And may God bless their loved ones.

They may be gone from us, but they are not forgotten!

Thresher Base United States Submarine Veterans

Thursday, May 21, 2020

More information on Thornton Carothers

Thornton Carothers is the older brother of Clark Carothers.  Occasionally I see if I can turn up anything new about Thornton.  The 1860 reference to him is the last I know about him, see my blog entry Thornton Carothers in California in 1860.

In the 1860 US Census Thornton was a farm laborer on the farm of Henry Reed.  I found the following newspaper reference to Henry in 1867.

"Marysville Daily Appeal, Volume XVI, Number 79, 2 October 1867"

This likely narrows down exactly where Thornton was in 1860, "Reed's Ranch" in Dry Creek, West Bear River Township, Yuba County, California.  G.E. Chittenden is listed in the 1860 US Census along with Henry Reed and Thornton and quite a few other farm laborers.

"Marysville Daily Appeal, Volume XVI, Number 52, 31 August 1867"