Lauri Allen Turney, who later changed his name to Larry Thorn.
Born on May 28, 1919
He died October 18, 1965.
Born in the Finnish city of Viipuri, present-day Vyborg, in the family of the captain of the navy. He was a good friend of the future Olympic boxing champion Wall Suvio.
His childhood, like any normal Finnish teenager, he spent fishing and hunting.
Growing up, he entered the economic school (business school), at the end of which he enlisted as a volunteer in the ranks of Schützkor (volunteer police), later, in 1938, he entered military service.
Young Lauri Allan Turny.
Service in the Finnish Armed Forces. Talvisot
Lauri Turny started his service in the 4th Separate Eger Battalion.
At the same time, the command found in him the makings of a commander and sent him to sergeant courses, successfully passing which, Lauri received the rank of junior sergeant.
In 1939, the Soviet-Finnish war began, also known as Talvisot. His term of service was extended, and together with his unit under the command of the White Guard and the future national hero of Finland Matti Aarnio, Lauri was transferred to the eastern border, to the city of Raata (modern Sosnovo), where he opposed the offensive of the 9th Army of the Red Army.
Also, he was part of his unit, took part in the operation of ringing the 18th rifle division at Ladoga, Lemetti.
Later, this place will be called the Valley of Death.
After a number of successful operations and a positive description of the command, Lauri was again sent for training, this time to an officer’s school, after which he graduated as second lieutenant.
By the end of the war, Lauri Turny had the following awards: Medal of Freedom of the Second Class, Medal of Freedom of the First Class, Bronze Medal of the Defense Forces, Cross of the Egerno-Border Forces.