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Larry Thornton has been photographing Naval Academy events since 1969.
The length of time is a testimony to his passion for photography and service to the Naval Academy.
Since his godmother gave him a camera at the age of 11, Larry Thornton has been a photographer -- from weddings to portraits and then in 1980, Plebe Summer.
His father, Class of 1939, attended Plebe Summer in 1935. In November, 1935 he separated. There were two reasons. First was his health. He died at the age of 39. The second reason was misconduct. A native of Wyoming and a product of the West, the Academy was not for him. Confined to Sick Quarters, he placed pillows under his sheets and proceeded to leave quarters. He was caught and reprimanded. He returned to Sick Quarters, but proceeded to do it a second time. He was then asked to resign.
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