Luther Cotton Thurman was born in Sevier County, TN to Luther Cotton Thurman and Mary Amanda Moore. He was Killed in Action, July 3, 1943. He was initially buried at the USAF Cemetery, Finschaffen #3 at British New Guinea and reburied at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines, D, 14, 138. He also has a memorial stone in the Eden Cemetery in Sevierville, TN.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 14 December 1908
- Date of death: 3 July 1943
- County: Sevier
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 172nd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XVII, Bottom Panel
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