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Silas Raymond Thompson Jr. ( Missoula 1948 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Raymond, 21, died August 5, 1949, of burns sustained in the Mann Gulch Fire. He was born March 11, 1928, In Charlotte, N.C. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte. Raymond graduated from Central H.S. in Charlotte in 1945. After high school he went to North Carolina State but dropped out and entered the Army where he served with the 11th Airborne in Japan. After his discharge in 1948, he moved to Missoula where he rookied in 1948 prior to enrolling in the University of Montana using the G.I. Bill. He jumped at Missoula 1948-49.