Charles Hubbard Thompson
Colonel, United States Army
Charles Hubbard Thompson, 70, a retired Army Colonel who was decorated for his service with the Special Forces in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam and who taught junior ROTC classes at Parkland High School, died of cancer December 2, 2001, at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.
He figured in the 1965 battle to save the Plei
Me Special Forces camp in Pleiku Province from being overrun by two North
Vietnamese regiments. He was second in command to then-Major Charles A.
Beckwith, who wrote in his 1983 book with
"Charlie, a man on the radio wants to talk to you," he yelled to Beckwith.
"Who the hell is it?!" the commander barked.
"He says he's the president," Colonel Thompson said, with a big grin on his face, Galloway recalled.
Colonel Thompson was awarded a Silver Star for his part in the battle. His other awards included the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal.
Colonel Thompson, who served in the infantry for much of his 30-year career, was stationed at Fort Meade when he retired from active duty in 1984. Since then, he had taught at Parkland in Riverdale. He also coached basketball and football.
Colonel Thompson, who lived in Bowie, was born in Afton, Virginia. He was a graduate of Virginia State University in Petersburg.
He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church in Landover.
His wife of 41 years, Shirley Regina Perry, died in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Ann White
Thompson, whom he married last year and who lives in Bowie; two children
from his first marriage, Susan Bush of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and
Michael Thompson of Beltsville; two stepchildren, Quincy and Derrel Hodges,
both of Seat Pleasant; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.
THOMPSON, CHARLES H
COL US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 03/20/1954 - 04/30/1984
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/23/1931
DATE OF DEATH: 12/02/2001
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/02/2002
BURIED AT: SECTION 8 SITE 10320
Posted: 3 July 2004 Updated: 27 May 2006