U.S. Army Sergeant
Line of Duty Death: November 14, 2017
On November 14, 2017 Sergeant Robert Thornton Jr. passed away after collapsing during physical training at Fort Bragg. After collapsing, several fellow soldiers administered aid and he was rushed to Womack Army Medical Center where he succumbed to what was later found to be an enlarged heart.
Thornton, of Cairo, Georgia, was assigned to the 528th Sustainment Brigade. Thornton enlisted in the Army in 2012 and served with units at Fort Benning and Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. He was a highly decorated soldier, with accolades including Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Thornton is remembered for his devotion to his family, and having dedicated his life to serving our country.
Sergeant Robert Thornton Jr. is survived by his wife, Danielle, and two children, Jaylen and Kinsley.