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Thorpe completes basic training in South Carolina

Published 12:01am Sunday, November 3, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Army National Guard Pvt. James R. Thorpe has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Thorpe is the son of Tanya and Darol Thorpe Jr. of Lorman. He is a 2011 graduate of Franklin County High School, Meadville.