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John died August 11, 2009. He joined the Army at age 17 as was assigned to the Schofield Barracks on December 7, 1941, and saw the Japanese planes fly over on their way to Pearl Harbor. He was wounded in the leg by a stray bullet. John later joined the 101st Airborne and jumped into Holland during Operation Market Garden. He was later involved in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star. After the war he was Chief Accountant for the Colorado State Treasury Department for 14 years.
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National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Thach, John O. (Cave Junction 1946)" (2009). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1496.