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.