Thompson, William

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William F. Thompson was born November 10, 1931 to Canadian parents living in Detroit Michigan USA. When his father lost his job due to the depression the family moved back to Ontario, to farm in the southern Georgian Bay area. With the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 he enlisted in the regular army for a three year term. When Private Thompson completed basic training at Camp Borden he was given a choice of the three airborne regiments, the Royal Canadian Regiment, the PPCLI or the Royal 22nd Regiment. He opted for the Patricias, went to Currie Barracks in Calgary and was assigned to the First Battalion, A Company where he remained until his release from the army. Training continued through the winter of 1950-1951 in Calgary and Vernon BC. In the spring Thompson went to Camp Rivers and Camp Shilo in Manitoba for jump training and was awarded the Canadian Parachute Badge on June 20, 1951. He returned to Currie Barracks in Calgary and continued with more training until in September 1951, following embarkation leave, he embarked for Korea with the Battalion from Seattle Washington. In October 1951 the First Battalion took over the Second Battalion's position on the front line in Korea. After a year in Korea, the First Battalion was relieved by the Third Battalion in the fall of 1952. The hostilities continued until the cease-fire on July 27, 1953. Thompson stayed in the army until completion of his three year term on August 3, 1953 during which time he did some more training, including two more jumps. Upon his release he was awarded the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea. 39 years later, on June 5, 1992, he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Medal for Korea. After his release from the army in August 1953, William Thompson was employed with Ontario Hydro and eventually became a Journeyman lineman. He returned to Michigan and worked for the power company there until retirement in 1993. Since retirement, he joined the Korea Veterans Association, Unit 23, Brampton Ontario.


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