Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Thrasher Memorial Fountain
August 4, 1916
December 19, 1999
-Studied Engineering at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
-Married the former Dorothy Wright of Belmont, Mississippi
-Served in the Army in North Africa and European Theater during WWII and was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel in March 1946
-Opened Thrasher Oil Company in Huntsville under a Shell Oil company franchise in 1946
-Served as Executive Officer at Redstone Arsenal from May 1951 until October 1952
-Appointed by President Kennedy to the National USO Board from 1961-1964
-Awarded the Distinguished Citizen Service Medal, the highest honor that the U.S. Army can give to a civilian, in 1995
-Appointed to the U.S. Army Civilian Advisory Committee, Third Army Area Headquarters, in 1958
-Served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce
-Appointed to the City of Huntsville School Board from 1952-1961 and was President for two years
-Served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Huntsville Industrial Expansion Committee
-Served as Co-Chairman of the Huntsville
-U.S. Army Community Relations Committee from 1960-1996 -Served on the NASA Local Advisory Committee
-Served as Director of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce
-Served as Chairman of the Madison County Oil Distributors Association
-Served on the Board and as President of the Tennessee Valley Association of the U.S. Army
-Served as Chairman of the Von Braun Civic Center and Visitors Bureau Board of Control from 1974-1990
-Served as Chairman of the Huntsville Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Control from 1976-1990
-Was a Founding member and Vice Chairman of the University of Alabama in Huntsville Foundation
-Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the University of Alabama in Huntsville 1976
-Awarded Huntsville Outstanding Citizen of the year in 1985
Location. 34° 43.556′ N, 86° 35.362′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Williams Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Monroe Street. Near South Hall at the Von Braun Civic Center Huntsville, Al. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.B. "Bill" Miller Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huntsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Northern Terminus Indian Creek Canal (approx. ¼ mile away); William Hooper Councill High School Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Hunt (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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