Thompson, Robert James


Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 12B – Combat Engineer

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 11-Sep-1948

Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 12-Jan-1970

Incident date: 8-Apr-1970

Date of casualty: 8-Apr-1970

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Other Accident. Other accident.
Robert James Thompson was killed while on a military mission when a mine emplaced by a friendly force detonated.

Three Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SFC David Winthrop Dash
SSG Robert James Thompson
SP5 Craig Alden Van Akin

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 048 857

Place of interment: Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Connecticut, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 12W 109 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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