R.I. honors WWII pilot, 69 years after death


Rhode Island honored a World War II pilot from Cranston Friday, 69 years after his capture and execution by the Japanese. Governor Lincoln Chafee and state lawmakers held a memorial service for Lieutenant Robert Thorpe, a 20-year-old Cranston native whose P-47 was shot down in the Pacific. Thorpe was interrogated and tortured by Japanese soldiers before being executed because he refused to provide information to his captors. His remains are still missing. Thorpe’s former commanding officer, Captain Lewis Lockhart, traveled from Tennessee for the service. He said he is grateful to the state for honoring his friend.

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