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William Henry Thompson, PVT

Birthplace: New York, NY, United States
Death: August 23, 1950 (23)
South Korea (Korea, Republic of) (Died of wounds)
Place of Burial: Suffolk, NY, United States
Occupation: 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
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About William Henry Thompson, PVT

William Henry Thompson (August 16, 1927 – August 23, 1950) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Korean War.

On August 6, 1950, Thompson manned his machine gun during an overwhelming enemy attack, providing covering fire for his comrades despite his own wounds. He died of his wounds two weeks later, just after his 23rd birthday, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle. He was buried in Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near [Sobuk-San Hill, 5 miles South of Haman], South Korea, August 6, 1950.

Entered service at: Bronx, N.Y. Birth: New York City

G.O. No.: 63, August 2, 1951


Pfc. Thompson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was reorganizing under cover of darkness, fanatical enemy forces in overwhelming strength launched a surprise attack on the unit. Pfc. Thompson set up his machine gun in the path of the onslaught and swept the enemy with withering fire, pinning them down momentarily thus permitting the remainder of his platoon to withdraw to a more tenable position. Although hit repeatedly by grenade fragments and small-arms fire, he resisted all efforts of his comrades to induce him to withdraw, steadfastly remained at his machine gun and continued to deliver deadly, accurate fire until mortally wounded by an enemy grenade. Pfc. Thompson's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of military service

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William Henry Thompson, PVT's Timeline

August 16, 1927
New York, NY, United States
August 23, 1950
Age 23
South Korea
Suffolk, NY, United States