Foreign News: The Human Yo-Yo

In his 18½ years of military service, Thomas ("Pop") Thornton of Hempstead, Texas, has bounced from sergeant to private and back again like a yoyo. Usually it was his half-Irish, half-English temper that cost him his stripes.

Husky, handlebar mustached Pop Thornton is now 48 years old. He enlisted in the cavalry in 1927, began breaking Army mounts, during his first year broke all his toes, both feet and one knee. In 1937, having been demoted several times, Pop left the Army but re-enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor. During the Battle of the...

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