Military History/PFC Jack Thornhill


I am interested in any info you could provide concerning my mother's first husband, PFC Jack Thornhill, who was KIA January 19, 1945, on the island of Luzon.  He was in the 169th infantry.  Any details of the battle in which he died would be appreciated.  Many of the names he labeled as "buddies" in photos he sent home are also listed as KIA.  I am interested to know if any of them died with him.  Thanks for any help you can provide.

Dear sir,
       Thank you for your question.  In it you typed "He was in the 169th infantry [sic]".  I am familiar with the 169th Infantry Regiment, Connecticut National Guard, an Organic Element of the 43rd Infantry Division.
       In your question you typed "Any details of the battle in which he died would be appreciated."  Advancing north from Palacpalac, Luzon on January 18, 1945, the 169th Infantry Regiment liberated Bobonan, then attacked toward Sison.  The following morning (January 19, 1945) the 169th Infantry Regiment repelled an enemy counter-attack near Bobonan, then with the support of the 716th Tank Battalion, captured enemy positions to begin the liberation of Sison.
       In your question you typed "Many of the names he.......of them died with him."  For those answers, I suggest you obtain the unit records.  The unit records are located at:

US Army Heritage & Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive
 Carlisle   PA   17013

       Have you obtained the Veteran's I.D.P.F. (Individual Deceased Personnel File) which is invaluable toward ACCURATE historic research?
       Good Luck with your quest.

   Richard V. Horrell
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