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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Thompson

Birthplace: Oenaville, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Aviation Section, U. S. Signal Corps (1914 - 1918)

Home of Record: Temple, TX
Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 01 October 1891

Date of Death: 13 September 1918

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served: 1917-1918
Robert Eckford Thompson

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Robert Eckford Thompson

2nd Lieutenant, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1923)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Air Service) Robert E. Thompson, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 96th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., between Chambley and Xammes, France, 13 September 1918.
While acting as observer of a flight of three airplanes they were attacked by a flight of fifteen enemy airplanes. Despite the fact that his formation was surrounded by overwhelming numbers of the enemy, Lieutenant Thompson continued his mission and bombed his objective. In the fight which followed Lieutenant Thompson and his pilot fought gallantly, thus enabling another airplane of the flight to return with valuable information of the enemy. In this fight Lieutenant Thompson's airplane was shot down and both he and his pilot were killed when their airplane crashed to the ground.

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Texas WWI Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315875   Created by: drjones46




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