24 December 1912 – 19 January 1945
- Clarksburg, West Virginia
- Service number
- First Lieutenant
- Company L, 16th Infantry Regiment
- Silver Star
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Citation: Under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1943, as amended, and in accordance with authority contained in paragraph 2, Section I, Circular 6, Headquarters Third U.S. Army, 26 April 1944, as amended, Edward A. Thompson, O413741, First Lieutenant, Company L, 16th Infantry, is posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in the vicinity of Faymonville, Belgium, 17 January 1945. When assault elements were impeded by an intense automatic-weapons and small-arms barrage from a building occupied by the enemy, Lieutenant Thompson courageously led a group across perilous terrain to the strongpoint. Then, with utter disregard for personal safety, he fearlessly engaged the foe and, with accurately directed grenades, compelled the hostile force to surrender. Lieutenant Thompson’s gallant actions and outstanding devotion to duty exemplify the finest traditions of the service.