Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service:
Less than 2 months
Cause of Death:
Extensive Injuries from vehicle crash
Date of Incident:
May 8, 1927
John Marion Thomas was born March 31, 1884, at York, Nebraska.
Prior to his employment with the Constabulary, he served 30 years with the US Cavalry and US
Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged January 31, 1927, with the distinguished rank of
Sergeant Major. At the time of his employment on March 12, 1927, he resided at Drumright,
Oklahoma. He was 5' 7½ " tall and 43 years old. He was employed as a civilian inspector
and instructor of small arms at the Constabulary Training School but was soon given enlisted
status with the rank of Sergeant.
On May 8, 1927, Sergeant Thomas was a passenger in a patrol vehicle driven by Captain Albert
Carlson. The vehicle became involved in a three-car collision on Ridge Pike, just west of
Jeffersonville, Montgomery County. Sergeant Thomas was thrown from the vehicle and suffered
extensive injuries. He died before reaching Norristown Hospital. Carlson was injured but
Sergeant Thomas is buried in Drumright, Oklahoma. He was survived by his brother, Mr. H. E.
Thomas, of Drumright, Oklahoma.
Sergeant Thomas had completed less than two months of