Edward Thompson

24 December 1912 – 19 January 1945

Clarksburg, West Virginia
Service number
First Lieutenant
Company L, 16th Infantry Regiment
Silver Star


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Silver Star

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.