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Hank Thomas, Now
Since then: Became a field secretary for CORE in 1962, working in Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama. Inducted into the Army in 1963 and chose to serve as a medic. Did a tour of duty in Vietnam, 1965–66.

Moved to Atlanta after Vietnam and got in the franchise business, starting with a laundromat, followed by a Dairy Queen. Today he and his wife own two McDonald's and four Marriott hotels; they live in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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FROM: Oprah Honors American Heroes: The Freedom Riders Reunite 50 Years Later
Published on May 04, 2011

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