Grave marker for Richard D. Thompson
in Union Cemetery, Rardin (Coles county), Illinois.
Richard enlisted in the Army
at Peoria, IL on 2 November 1942 and was assigned to Company B, 508th PIR.
Pvt Thompson was appointed to
the grade of Pfc on 5 January 1943.
Pfc Thompson parachuted into
Normandy on D-Day and was injured on 26 June 1944 but was able to rejoin the
company on 31 July 1944.
He also made the jump into
Holland and was promoted to Cpl on 24 October 1944.
Cpl Thompson was with the
regiment when it was mobilized for the Battle of The Bulge and was taken
prisoner on 24 December 1944. He was liberated from Stalag 12A on 14
Cpl Thompson's military
decorations include the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge.