Recipient Detail



Rank: Major
Organization: U.S. Army
Division: 110th Infantry, 28th Division
Born: 26 September 1871, Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Beaver Falls, Pa.
G.O. Number: 21
Date of Issue: 12/31/1925
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Apremont, France, 1 October 1918


Counterattacked by 2 regiments of the enemy, Maj. Thompson encouraged his battalion in the front line of constantly braving the hazardous fire of machineguns and artillery. His courage was mainly responsible for the heavy repulse of the enemy. Later in the action, when the advance of his assaulting companies was held up by fire from a hostile machinegun nest and all but 1 of the 6 assaulting tanks were disabled, Maj. Thompson, with great gallantry and coolness, rushed forward on foot 3 separate times in advance of the assaulting line, under heavy machinegun and antitank-gun fire, and led the 1 remaining tank to within a few yards of the enemy machinegun nest, which succeeded in reducing it, thereby making it possible for the infantry to advance.