Thompson, William Henry, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4812-Heavy Machine Gunner
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1948-1950, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1945 - 1950

Private First Class

One Service Stripe

Five Overseas Service Bars

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Camp Majestic
Gifu, Japan

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Auto Rifle
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments
24th Infantry Regiment
  1948-1950, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 WWII - American Theater
  1948-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class William Henry Thompson, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company M, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Haman, Korea, on 6 August 1950.

While his platoon was reorganizing under cover of darkness, fanatical enemy forces in overwhelming strength launched a surprise attack on the unit. Private First Class Thompson set up his machinegun 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 machinegun and continued to deliver deadly, accurate fire until mortally wounded by an enemy grenade.

Private First Class Thompson's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 63 (August 2, 1951)
Action Date: 6-Aug-50
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company M
Regiment: 24th Infantry Regiment
Division: 25th Infantry Division
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