His name was Niles Richard Thompson. He passed away July 30, 2003 and his funeral was August 18, 2003.
He was 87 when he died, a veteran of World War II. He served in the Army with the 60th Coast Artillery on Corregidor in the Phillipines, and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He was a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart, and was a POW in Japanese prison camps for 42 months. He always wished to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, even though he lived in Texas.
I never knew my father, I was raised by this man, and he was quite remarkable. I loved him dearly.
Leslie Grady, November 2006
THOMPSON, NILES R
- SSGT US ARMY
- WORLD WAR II
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/23/1915
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/30/2003
- BURIED AT: SECTION 67 SITE 2306
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard