Thom Jones, a former Marine who gained literary fame in the 1990s for his hard-hitting fiction writing, died October 14 at age 71 .
Jones joined the Marine Corps as a teenager during the Vietnam War. His military career was cut short after he received an honorable discharge following injuries he received in a boxing match.
His short story, The Pugilist at Rest , dealt with the Vietnam War, among other issues, and won an O. Henry Award when it was published in The New Yorker in 1991. Two years later, his first collection of short stories—also called The Pugilist at Rest — -received rave reviews.