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John A. Thorburn

Staff Sgt. John A. Thorburn is a highly decorated American war hero who served in the U.S. Army 1964 to 1967, he was with the 101st Airborne Division in 1965, part of the Screaming Eagles. He was later assigned with the Green Berets into the 10th special forces group in 1966 to 1967. He then enlisted in the Airforce becoming a Helicopter Gunner.

He is the father of underground rap legend R.A. the Rugged Man. The Jedi Mind Tricks song “Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story” featuring R.A. is based on him.

He also has a cameo in the new Frank Henenlotter film Bad Biology.

John Andrew Thorburn was recently awarded by NY State Senator John J. Flanagan for his accomplishments in the Vietnam War.

External links

http://grandgood.com/2008/09/27/ny-state-senator-john-j-flanagan-honors-john-andrew-thorburn-ra-the-rugged-mans-father/

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7789

http://2dopeboyz.com/2008/09/28/ra-the-rugged-mans-father-honored-in-ny/

http://oghiphop.com/2008/09/ra-the-rugged-mans-father-honored-for-services-in-vietnam/

http://globalgrind.com/content/140746/NY-State-Senator-John-J-Flanagan-Honors-John-Andrew-Thorburn-Ra-The-Rugged-Mans-Father

http://www.senatorflanagan.com/2/news/08-09-23/senator_flanagan_honors_stony_brook_veteran.aspx

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