Thornton, James Nathan.

Biography

(Nate); b. January 14, 1915, Oasis, Millard County, Utah; Parents Mark Binns Thornton (1893-1974) and Mary Alice Ide (1893-1928), Sister Bernyce (Bernice) Alice Cordoba (1916-2003) and Brother Charles M. Thornton (1919-1970); Attended Commerce High School in San Francisco, California through the 11th grade; CCC 1934-35; Single; Carpenter and Seaman (SUP); YCL 1932; Received Passport# 25484, San Francisco series, on March 12, 1937 which listed his address as 1332 Geary Street, San Francisco, California; Sailed on March 27, 1937 aboard the Ausonia (Paris); Arrived in Spain on April 8, 1937; Served with the Albacete Auto Park, XV BDE’s ambulance service on the Cordoba Front, Quinto Ejericito de Tren (Regiment de Tren); During the winter of 1937 served in a Spanish training base as a driver; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; Married Phyllis Golland (1918, England-1984) in 1939, children Joan Thornton (1939-1970), Loren Dean Thornton (1942-), and Leslie Anne Thornton (1954-2010); WWII Civilian shipyard Worker in Wilmington Ship Yards, Wilmington, California; Freelance Photagrapher, Married Corine Hodges Thornton on October 6, 1988 Fort Point, San Francisco; Founding member of the San Francisco Post of VALB; Active in peace and labor activities throughout his life; Travelled to Spain, the Soviet Union and Cuba; and Cuba 1992 and 1993 as part of veterans or peace delegations; Grandmothers For Peace, d. January 2, 2011, Hayward, California; Son of Mark Thornton. Sources: Sail; SACB; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6 Delo 572, ll. 33 (fiche); Harriman; ARP Survey Respone; Ancestry. Photograph: Nate Thornton in Spain (far right) with two unidentified Spanish Soldiers.