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Max Thompson

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
   Veterans Garden - 9-68  

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Born:  July 21, 1922 at Bethel, NC

Entered Service in the US Army from Canton, NC

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism October 18, 1944 at Haaren, Germany

Died:  November 30, 1997 at the age of 75

Sergeant Thompson's company was occupying a position on a hill near Haaren, Germany, when attacked by an enemy infantry battalion supported by tanks. The assault was preceded by an artillery concentration, lasting an hour, which inflicted heavy casualties on the company. While moving wounded men to cover, Sergeant Thompson observed that the enemy had overrun the positions of the 3d Platoon. He immediately attempted to stem the enemy's advance single-handedly. He manned an abandoned machinegun and fired on the enemy until a direct hit from a hostile tank destroyed the gun. Shaken and dazed, he picked up an automatic rifle and although alone he fired burst after burst, halting the leading elements. He took up a rocket gun and fired on a tank, setting it on fire. By evening the enemy had been driven from the greater part of the position but still held three pillboxes. Darkness having fallen and finding that fire of his squad was ineffective from a distance, Sergeant Thompson crawled forward alone within 20 yards of one and fired grenades into it. The Germans concentrated their fire upon him. Though wounded, he held his position fearlessly, continued his grenade fire, and finally forced the enemy to abandon the blockhouse.

 

 

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