ROBERT B THOMPSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 51E, LINE 12 OF THE WALL

ROBERT BRUCE THOMPSON

WALL NAME

ROBERT B THOMPSON

PANEL / LINE

51E/12

DATE OF BIRTH

11/28/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/20/1968

HOME OF RECORD

GRANTS PASS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Josephine County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT BRUCE THOMPSON
POSTED ON 11.28.2016
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal Robert Bruce Thompson, Served with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 4.20.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine - Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Robert B. Thompson (MCSN: 2275075), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF. On 20 April 1968, during Operation BAXTER-GARDEN, Corporal Thompson's unit was conducting a search and destroy operation in Thua Thien Province when the Marines suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire. Reacting instantly, Corporal Thompson skillfully maneuvered his squad across the fire-swept terrain to positions located approximately thirty meters from the hostile emplacements. Directing his men to provide covering fire, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hostile fire while throwing hand grenades at an enemy machine gun emplacement. Unable to silence the enemy weapon, he fearlessly commenced a determined assault upon the hostile position, simultaneously firing his rifle and throwing hand grenades. As he approached the enemy position, he was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actions were an inspiration to all who served with him. By his courage, aggressive fighting sprit and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Thompson upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: 20-Apr-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 3.7.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Robert Bruce Thompson, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 6.12.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Robert is buried at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Grants Pass, OR. SS PH
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POSTED ON 1.5.2005
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS MEMBER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE



CORPORAL

ROBERT BRUCE THOMPSON

who served with the

3rd RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION

was a posthumous recipient of the

SILVER STAR

PURPLE HEART

for his heroic actions on

16 February 1968



YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



31 January 2000



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