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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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Frank Hiram Thompson [1] [2]

Private, U.S. Army, Korean War


Service No.: 18424795

Social Security No.: 453-44-7137

Born: 13 Jan 1934 at Rockdale, Texas [3]

Died: 31 Dec 1952 at North Korea [4]

Age at time of loss: 18 years, 11 months, 18 days

Home of Record: Rockdale, Texas

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


Attended: Rockdale High School, Rockdale, Texas; North Texas State College, Denton, Texas

Religion: Methodist

Nickname: Poncho

Entered Service: 24 Sep 1952

Overseas Duty: 10 Dec 1952

Physical Description: Height-6'2", Weight-168, Eyes-brown, Hair-dark brown

Ship/Unit: Co. C, 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division (was transferred from Co. K on 30 Dec 1952)


Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action (ground casualty)

Cause of Death: gun, small arms fire

Casualty Location: Punchbowl Area, North Korea, map coordinates DT 2035 4035

Soundex Code: T-512

Census: None

Parents: Jess Gordon Thompson (veteran, U.S. Army, World War I) and Glady Ouida Simmons Thompson

Brothers: Jess Gordon Thompson, Jr. (veteran, U.S. Air Force, Korean War)

Sisters: None

Paternal Grandparents: ___________Thompson and _____________Thompson

Maternal Grandparents: Enoch Sylvester Simmons and Mary Louella Modesette Simmons

Wife: None

Children: None

Burial: Mausoleum, Zone Headquarters, AGRSG 8204th, (Evacuation No.: 6398) with Protestant Memorial Religious Ceremony conducted by Chaplain (Major) Gerald C. Dean

Re-Burial: 5 Mar 1953 at IOOF Cemetery, Rockdale, Texas

Arrangements: Philips & Luckey Co., Rockdale, Texas

Miltiary Escort: Corporal James Brooks

Milam County War Memorial:

PVT Thompson was killed-in-action when he was hit by enemy small arms fire while on patrol at approximately 0500 hours on 31 Dec 1952 at map coordinates DT 2035 4035 in the Punchbowl Area, North Korea.

Autopsy indicated that PVT Thompson's left eye was artificial, plastic, brown in color. Also, there was evidence of an old fracture of the left tibia showed a metal bar (approximately 3" long was fastened to the tibia with four metal screws.

The remains were of a tall man of average muscularity. The skull is large in size and of oval shape. The forehead is of medium height and presents a slightly sloping profile. The orbital openings are angular. The nose is narrow, slightly convexed, high, and long. The mandible is of average proportions forming a rounded, slightly receding chin. There was evidence of a compound fracture of the skull.

"Poncho Thompson Killed in Korea" [5]

Pvt. Frank H. Thompson, former Rockdale student, has been killed in action in Korea, according to a wire received here Monday by his mother Mrs. Gladys Thompson.

The wire stated that the Rockdale service man was killed in action on December 31, 1953, in Korea.

Thompson, familiarly known throughout the community as "Poncho", enlisted in the service on April 18, 1952. He embarked for Japan around the middle of October and was sent to Korea on or about, December 10, 1952. He would have celebrated his 19th birthday on January 13.

Born in Rockdale, Thompson spent the majority of his life in the community with the exception of three years in Orange, Texas, and three years in Denton County.

He enlisted while enrolled as a student at North Texas State College at Denton and received his basic training at Camp Roberts, California, completing the training on September 22, Thompson spent a 10-day leave following this training in Rockdale, returning to Camp Roberts for assignment on October 10.

He was immediately shipped to Japan and enrolled in a Chemical Biological and Radiological Defense school. Upon completion of the 96-hour course on December 6, he was transferred to the front. His mother said that letters indicated he would arrive at the front on December 10.

She was notified of the death Monday, January 5, in a wire from the War Department.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Gladys Thompson of this city, father, Jess Thompson; two brothers, Jess Gordon Thompson, Jr., a student at Iowa University, and T/Sgt. Lawrence C. Thompson of Norton Air Force Base, California; a nephew, Harry Gordon Thompson and his grandmother, Mrs. E. S. Simmons. Also surviving are a number of aunts and uncles.

"Body of Frank Thompson to Arrive Here on Wednesday" [6]

The body of Pvt. Frank H. (Poncho) Thompson, killed in action in Korea, will arrive in Rockdale Wednesday, March 4 on the Missouri-Pacific railroad at 4:53 p.m., it was learned here this week.

A military honor guard will accompany the flag-draped casket. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Thompson was killed in action on December 31, 1952. He had been in Korea only since about December 10.

Thompson's body is one of eight bodies of Texans among the 126 Korean combat victims being returned to the United States on the Rock Spring victory ship, the Defense department announced.

"Final Rites for Frank Thompson Held Here Today" [7]

Funeral services for Frank H. (Poncho) Thompson, 18, former Rockdale student who was killed in action in Korea on December 31, 1952, were held here this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m. from the Phillips & Luckey Chapel with the Rev. S. Burton Smith officiating.

Interment followed in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Born in Rockdale, Thompson spent the greater part of his life this community. He was more familiarly known as "Poncho" throughout this area.

Thompson enlisted in the services on April 18, 1952 while enrolled as a student of North Texas State College at Denton and received his basic training at Camp Roberts, California, completing his training on September 22, 1952. Following a ten-day leave, spent in Rockdale, he returned to Camp Roberts for reassignment on October 10 and was sent to Japan.

He arrived at the Korean front on December 10 and was killed in action on December 31, 1952.


[1] Casey, p. 391.

[2] Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command Center, Alexandria, VA

[3] Birth Certificate No. 6525, Milam Co., TX

[4] Death Certificate: Vol. 9, No. 77, Milam County Clerk's Office

[5] Rockdale Reporter, 8 Jan 1953, p. 1

[6] Rockdale Reporter, 26 Feb 1953, p. 1

[7] Rockdale Reporter, 5 Mar 1953, p. 1 & 8

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