Local Memorial to Fallen "Desert Shield" Marine Pilot Rededicated at Valley High School

Aviator Memorial Rededicated 2009

Louisville Kentucky; May 26, 2009: Family and friends gathered at Valley High School to remember an alumnus of the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), who perished in the service of the nation during "Desert Shield." Captain James K. Thorp, USMC, was killed in action in Iraq on February 3, 1991, while piloting a Cobra helicopter. As part of its observance of its 40th anniversary, the NJROTC Unit at Valley High School refurbished and rededicated a garden area in front of the school to Captain Thorp's memory. Major Rory B. Quinn, USMC, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville, was the keynote speaker. United States flags were presented by LDCR Mark Peters, USN (Ret), Senior Naval Science Instructor, Valley High School, to Captain Thorp's sister and twin daughters, who were 4 years old at the time of their father's death. Captain Thorp's brother was also presented with a commemorative Marine Corps plaque in honor of the event. Marines from the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville were in attendance. This simple but meaningful and moving memorial ceremony, planned and executed by the NJROTC Unit at Valley High School, was another example of the outstanding cooperation which continues to exist today among members of the historic Navy - Marine Corps team. The Marine Corps community in Kentucky salutes both the NJROTC Unit at Valley High School for remembering and honoring one of its own, who gave his last full measure in the service of our nation, and the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville for its outstanding support of this memorable tribute to a fallen Kentucky Marine. (Additional photos in "Galleries" section)