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BENJAMIN ARTHUR THOMPSON
 

Betty  Thompson-Dreier
dreierbs@yahoo.com
SISTER
Thornville Ohio 43076 USA
HAPPY BITHDAY, BEN
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN!! Today, July 24, 2010 will be you 65th birthday. Even though you body was left behind in S.Viet Nam in Oct. 1968, your love will live FOREVER in our hearts!We love you and miss you dearly..'til we see each other in Heaven with Mom, Dad, and Steve.LOVE YOU!!!! Betty
Jul 24, 2010


Sarah  P
VTbama@yahoo.com
+++++++Sister+++++++
Concord NH 03301 USA
A brave soldier took a bold and courageous step - MIA Year 41
Dear friends, One of the reasons I faithfully wrote here on Ben's page was to one day find someone who knew him or was there (41 years ago today). I prayed I'd find an email with the subject line saying 'I knew your brother... I was there that day'. Thanks to the wife of an Army Veteran who organized the reunion of Ben's division a few months ago, that email I was looking for finally came.

A chain reaction led to that email coming from a brave man named Charles Endorf who was in Ben's platoon. At the reunion he was discussing Ben to a fellow and Charley told him he wished he could get ahold of Ben's family to tell us what he remembered. The man he was talking to (sorry, I do not know his name, but I thank him just as much) said he knew how and refered Charley to this web-site where Charley got the email addresses of me and my sister.

An email led to the telephone conversation where Charley did what no one in the past 40 has done. He brought closure. He told me there was no doubt in his mind Sgt Thompson drowned. He gently painted the picture in my minds eye how Ben missed the jump/dive to the bamboo crosses used to cross the river and went under in a swift stream of water. He told of another soldier in the water at the time went under to look for Ben, but to no avail. Charley told how it affected the men that day and how they refered to it later as 'the day Sgt. Thompson drowned.'

Charley also mailed a couple of pictures of Ben he's held onto for the last 40 years. Thats Charley (the tall handsome soldier) Ben and an unidentified soldier holding the python found in an abandoned hut while on patrol. Charley told me he was a few days shy of turning 20 years old the day Ben died. Ben recommended him for advancement and Charley says he probably wouldn't of made Sargeant if it hadn't of been for him. He told me how he's brought up Ben's name to his wife over the years. It warmed my soul to know another person loved him and remembers him. Thank you, Charley!

He also put me in contact with another soldier Dennis Erlandson who carried the radio and heard the call to the commanding officer in the helicopter above 'that Sgt Thompson was down and underwater.' Dennis shared how the commanding officer stated it was too dangerous for the platoon to be stationary and said if Ben was going to 'wash up' it would be in an area downstream where they went and searched, but no luck finding Ben.

If only our family had known this 41 years ago, I wouldn't have expected Ben to walk through the front door any day. With that, I say I pray to meet him in Heaven! God Bless all who serve!

Oct 25, 2009


Charles  Endorf
cendorf@neb.rr.com
member of SSgt Thompsons Platoon
1308 7th Fairbury Ne 68352 USA
A true American Hero
As a member of SSgt Thompsons Platoon in Vietnam who was there that terrible day on October 25th 1968, I want to say that day will always be remembered by all of Sgt Thompsons men under his leadership. Sgt Thompson was a true American Hero by doing Service for His Beloved Country and paying the ultimate price. After returning from a 9th Infantry Mobile Riverine Force Reunion in Indianapolis, those of us who remembered Sgt Thompson spoke of him as not only a soldier but as a man. A man who we respected, and led by example. Though my time under his leadership was all to short, It was time that won't go forgotten. I wish I would have got ahold of his family long before this and I apologize for that, but please know that your brother and dad was a hero for some men who knew him under circumstances only a combat veteran could understand. God Bless all of Sgt Thompsons Family.
Sep 12, 2009


Sarah  P
VTbama@yahoo.com
Concord NH 03301 United States
Happy 64th Birthday, Ben

Ben, yesterday, while at Logan airport, Boston, I was sitting on a bench with Ryan and I see four Soldiers pass us by. Ryan who is at that age to repeat everything you tell him, looked up at them as they passed us and repeated what I told him to say... 'Thank you, Soldiers for your sacrifice.' Someday, Ben, I hope to lift him into your arms and say that to you! Thank you, Ben, for your sacrifice to your wife, family, this country, your personal life and agenda. Thank you for being patient for spending yet another birthday in Vietnam and not at home with us. Thank you, sir! You are the best! I love you, honey! I always have... I always will! Eternally, Sarah
Jul 24, 2009


Sarah  P
vtbama@yahoo.com
~~~~~~~~ Sister ~~~~~~~~
Concord NH 03301 USA
|||||||||||||||||||||| Happy 63rd Birthday, Ben ||||||||||||||||||||
Happy Birthday, Ben! You are forever in our thoughts! Love Always, Scott, Sarah, Andi, Jeff, Ryan and Robyn
Jul 24, 2008


Garnet  Jenkins
garijen@bresnan.net
Grand Junction Co
''TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND, IS NEVER TO DIE''

In Remembrance of your sacrifice for our Country, with a Multitude of Thanks for your Courage, Service and Dedication. Rest in Peace, SSgt Benjamin Arthur Thompson and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of such a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967..... ''AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES, THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING, THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN. FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY.'' ~ Revelations 21:4 ~
Jul 24, 2008


Mary  Thompson-Foster
Foster89265@bellsouth.net
Sister
Walter Moore Rd Chunchula Al 36521 USA
Unknown answers
To All Branches of Military in the Great U. S. of A.
I have travelled all over from one MIA/POW rally to another trying to find someone who may have known and/or served with my brother SSGT. Ben Thompson, had very little luck with my search. I have talked to vets who were on a rescue mission to retrieve a list of soldiers who were being held captive in pow camps, yeah, my brother was on their list. A list the rescuers were giving Christmas day 1968. Believe it or not my brother's name was on this list after we had his memorial services, after he was pronounced dead-no body found. My parents received seven tellograms each with a different "guess" to what happened to my brother. My brother left to begin his tour in MAY 1968 not April. He met his family in Hawaii in SEPTEMBER 1968 not August. When my brother's son BEN DAVID DANIEL THOMPSON, asked what kind of person his father was: I responded HE is my hero. He did no wrong in my eyes, the best big bubba anyone could ever hope for. It tore me in-to when I could not satisfy my nephew's pain and confusion with a justifiable answer to his "what really happened to my dad" series of questions. To the fruitcake that stated "for his family, there can be the relative peace of mind knowing he DIED." Well sir it has been pure H E L L not knowing what really happened to my brother and not being able give him a proper burial. The fact remains today just as it did almost forty years ago, We still have UNKNOWN ANSWERS. My brother, your grandson's names are Benjamin James{BJ} Andrew {born on your birthday} and Michael. Your granddaughter Nichole is as beautiful as her grandmother Marianne the day you two met. We all love and miss you deeply. I am so proud mother and dad have joined you in HEAVEN, just please make room for all of us you all left behind. We SHALL be together again soon. Love eternally, your sister Mary
Feb 24, 2008


Tammy  Foster
TWilson9498@aol.com
Niece
114 kenneth Moss Ct Creola al 36525 USA
A Soldier
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The
following is his request. I think it is reasonable..... PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
Feb 24, 2008


Sarah  P
vtbama@yahoo.com
Sister
Concord NH 03301 USA
~~October 25, 1968 - October 25, 2007 - MIA Year 39~~

Ben, As long as I shall live, I will carry the torch for you. Your name, your face, your memory... for all the world to see. If you know me... you know Staff Sergeant Benjamin Arthur Thompson, Jr. MIA October 25, 1968 US Army. Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend, Countryman, Soldier, Son of God, Child of Man. Below is part of a song written and sung by Mr. Bruce Springsteen and I wanted to dedicate it to you: "Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true But you and I know what this world can do So lets make our steps clear that the other may see And I'll wait for you...If I should fall behind...Wait for me."Someday Bubba, I will know exactly what happened to you. I just pray I hear it from your lips... til then, God bless you! I love you always, Sarah
Oct 25, 2007


manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Oct 25, 2007

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