24265-1962 memorial-photo

Thurston A. Griffith, Jr.-Thurston (Turk) was born in 1940.  He graduate from Los Alamos High School(NM) in 1958.  An honor student and star athlete, Turk realized his boyhood dream when he reported to the US Military Academy at West Point, NY in July of 1958.  He graduated in June 1962 as a 2d LT in the Signal Corps.  After completing a series of different training courses preparing him for the Army’s Special Forces, Turk was assigned to the Military Assistance Command in Viet Nam.  On 17 January 1965, Turk volunteered for a dangerous combat patrol and lost his life to enemy fire.  Greatly admired by those who served with him, both American and Viet Namese, Turk was awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross  and the Vietnamese National Order Medal  Fifth Calss.  Also, awarded posthumously were the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star Medal  for valor. 1st LT Thurston Griffin is remembered proudly by those who knew him.