Hamilton County

Lt. L. J. Thorp





Ellsworth—First Lt. L. J. Thorp received his final discharge Monday. He was home on a 45-day recuperation leave and then on a terminal leave which he accumulated. He was in service three years and one month and was a communications officer in the 76th division of the 417th infantry, headquarters company. He saw action in Europe and received the Purple Heart, bronze star with three bronze stars for the battles of the Bulge, Rhine and the central European campaign. He was with Patton’s Third army with the 76th spearhead attack until junction with the Russians, in which they occupied towns in south central Germany until late in July.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Nov. 28, 1945


Leslie John ‘Jim' Thorp was born May 23, 1912 to Charles Ellsworth and Abigail Slyter Thorp. He died Feb. 16, 1991 and is buried in Homewood Cemetery, Ellsworth, IA.

His Obituary: South Hamilton Record News, Jewell, IA - Feb. 28, 1991

Several relatives attended the memorial services for Jim Thorp at Coon Rapids on Saturday at Ascension Lutheran Church. Private committal services were held Sunday afternoon at the Ellsworth Cemetery. Mrs. Jim Thorp was formerly Faithe Danielson. Jim died Feb. 16 at Mesa, Az., where they made their home.

Sources: ancestry.com