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Colonel Jerry ‘J.W.’ Thurman

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September 21, 2017
Daddy- I miss you every day.
November 10, 2016
I met J.W. Thurman in 1985. He was commander of 3/12 Cav in Büdingen Germane. I was a 12 year old german Boy. He signed me a picture. I met ihm again in 1989 in Ft. Knox. We brought the German Reserve Army cross in Brass to ihm. He gave it to SFC STEVEN ROSS. IT was a great moment for me to stand with this two soldiers in Front of your flag.
Have a good Trip. Your last Journey to your last command in the "Great Army". Greetings to all the brave soldiers There. Your comrad Udo Kreuzer
February 01, 2016
Sir, You were truly one of the Best Leaders I ever had the opportunity to serve with during my time in the Army with 3/12 CAV in Germany. You inspired me to be a better Soldier, I went on to become a successful Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer. I will always remember "You have to have Want To". I hope your riding a fine Horse or a least a Tank wherever you roam. Cheers
March 26, 2015
Jerry and my husband, Robert (Bob) Rose went to OCS and Flight School at Ft Wolters together. We were attendants at Jerry & Ellen's wedding. We had so much fun together during those days. (I have pictures I would like to send to Jerri). So very sorry for your loss. I can just picture Jerry and Bob now catching up on years past. (Jerri or Ellen, please contact me @ [email protected])
May each of you feel the peace and comfort I have asked God to bestow upon you.
March 25, 2015
Jerry and I met at Cameron. We were alike in that we were still sowing wild oats. We did some college boy things that some say were funny and others would say we should have been expelled for. I know nothing about fire crackers, fire extinguishers, smoke bombs, the girls dorm and especially baby powder. And if you don't believe me just ask Don Miller. Bob Miller and Larry Allred.

Jerry had a very strong personality. You knew he would do things only an Oklahoma boy could do that would make his family and friends very proud to say Jerry had touched their lives.

I for one am honored and blessed to have known him and been called a brother by J.W. I will always cherish our last visit to the OCS Hall of Fame at Ft. Sill where J.W. is proudly represented on those walls.

Thank you Donna for being the angel that you are. You were by Jerry's side through some very tough times. God Bless you for that.

Now J.W. you have gotten your last "March order" and seen your last "L.Z.". Rest in peace my brother.
Rest in peace.

B.J. (Buddy) McGee
Centennial CO
March 22, 2015
WE WILL AII MISS HIM , BUT WE KNOW HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE ,, WITH NO PAIN ,, GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY .
March 20, 2015
Count yourself fortunate if somewhere during this journey we call life, you encounter and become friends with a man who had a passion for life as did Jerry W. Thurman.
It is evident from the postings on this site that the soldiers who served with Coloney Thurman loved and respected him, as he did they. It is obvious to me that Jerry learned an important lesson of leadership early on: take good care of your troops, and they will make you shine. Jerry's accomplishments were numerous, and some have become legendary. During his time in the military, I knew of his physical prowess, mental strength of character, his ability to be gentle when necessary, and above all his example as a man of true courage. If Jerry was your friend, he would do almost anything for that friendship.
Jerry's charisma was a joy to behold. If he started a sentence with "I'll tell you what", pay attention, as he had words of wisdom to share or a truly humorous story worth hearing. On the other hand, if he happened to be eye-to-eye with you and said, "don't say another word", pay attention--something serious was on his agenda!
My heartfelt condolences are extended to Donna, James David, and the entire Thruman family.
Jerry, you are sadly missed as you take your place of honor among the warriors who preceded you. I shall always treasure your last written note to me stating "Warrior Brothers, Forever." I concur.
LW Allred
Lucky 23
March 09, 2015
A great soldier/Leader, and all-around fun guy to serve with. Save us a shady spot in Fiddler's Green, we'll be along eventually.
March 05, 2015
Rest In Peace JW. A great Army Officer and wonderful friend. I am truly honored to have served with you in Buedingen and will always remember our times together.
Larry Lutz
CW2 USA Ret
March 02, 2015
Colonel it was great to have been under your command in 3rd Squadron 12th Cavalry. You inspired us to be greater.

SFC Villarreal, A Troop

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