|courtesy of Anne Cady|
James enlisted in the Army on 30 Jan 1940 but was still a PVT when he was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 13 Jun 1944. He was again transferred on 22 Jun 1944, this time to F Company 116th Infantry. This was a time when the regiment was struggling to replace soldiers lost in the D-Day landings and fighting during the 2 weeks after the 6th of June. PVT Thorpe was wounded in action on 11 Jul 1944 near Saint-Lo, France and evacuated to hospital but died the following day, 12 Jul 1944.
PVT Thorpe was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.