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Master Sgt. Thomas Ruel Thigpen, Sr.

South Carolina Army National Guard MSG Thomas R. Thigpen Sr., 52, of Greenville, SC, died on March 16, 2004. 

Thigpen died in Camp Virginia Kuwait of non-combat related injuries; either a massive heart attack or a stroke during a game of tag football.  He was assigned to 151st Signal Battalion, Army National Guard, Greenville, SC.

Thigpen served a total of 24 years in the military.  He was an avid hiker, rafter, golfer, and tennis player, he also refereed for football and basketball. 

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