Remembering those who sacrificed for our freedom and way of life

Cpl Bud Thorne


An American Hero is a short biography of  Cpl. Horace Marvin “Bud” Thorne, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of the Bulge– Germany’s last major offensive in its western theater in World War II.

The video was produced for the 50th Anniversary of Thorne Middle School in Middletown and for a reunion of Battle of the Bulge survivors which took place at the school.

Every American hero who have given their lives has a story like Bud’s.  Today we honor their sacrifice and celebrate the great nation they made possible.

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Posted: May 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Memorial Day | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Remembering America’s Heros

On Memorial Day, MMM honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our American freedom by sharing An American Hero, a short biography of Corporal Bud Thorne.

Thorne, a Middletown native, was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.  He is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and the Thorne Middle School is named for him.

Posted: May 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Memorial Day, Monmouth County | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Remembering America’s Heros

Gold Star Mothers’ Day

pic_of_parental_unitsI’m embarrassed that I did not know that the last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mothers’ Day, a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Thanks to our friend Edith T. Nowles who sent in the following remembrance of her parents, Zelma deGuerin Seaton & Lester Mason Thorne, who lost their son Cpl. Horace Marvin “Bud” Thorne in the WWII Battle of the Bulge:

“Gold Star” Mother & Father …. Zelma deGuerin Seaton & Lester Mason Thorne, New Monmouth, N. J..  Year after year, their heartache remains very much alive … compounded by childhood memories of family … the tremendously, painful loss is forever.  Vividly recall my mother’s personal escort, Mrs. Mildred Minor of Belford, N.J, always in appropriate, official VFW 2179 Auxiliary uniform, who transported and proudly escorted my mother, to and fro, for many years.  Seventy years since he was killed, my brother “Bud” still remains 26 years old … remembered – honored … dearly beloved … and deeply missed.  (Cpl. Horace Marvin (Bud) Thorne, U. S. Army, KIA 12/21/44, WWII Battle of the Bulge, Grufflingen, Belgium.  He never knew that he was a Recipient of The Congressional Medal of Honor).  

God Bless all the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters and spouses who have lost a loved one who was defending our freedom.



Posted: September 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Veterans | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Gold Star Mothers’ Day

Memorial Day: What it is really about

Moving words from President Ronald Reagan

And a MMM annual tradition, An Americal Hero a tribute to Monmouth County’s  Cpl Bud Thorne and the heroes of the Battle of the Bulge.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Memorial Day | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Memorial Day: What it is really about