McDOWELL – A ceremony was held at the McDowell Branch of the Floyd County Courthouse to honor Lance Corporal Jonathan B. Thornsberry for his service and sacrifice on Friday. As a way to honor Thornsberry, a portion of Kentucky Route 122 will be named “Lance Corporal Jonathan B. Thornsberry Memorial Highway.”
In January 2004, Thornsberry reported for basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. After graduating, Thornsberry reported to the School of Infantry at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC where he earned the Military Occupational Specialty of a 0311 Rifleman. Upon completion of infantry training, Thornsberry was assigned to Company L, 3d Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he served as a rifleman.
In June 2006 he was activated to augment Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th, Marine Division, Grand Rapids, Michigan, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Thornsberry continued his training at Camp Pendleton, California where he attended initial ILOC training. He also participated in the Mojave Viper training package. Lance Corporal Thornsberry arrived in Al Fallujah, Iraq, September 28, 2996.
Thornsberry served his country and fellow Marines with tremendous pride. He is celebrated and honored for his courageous service. His decorations include Purple Heart, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.