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Joseph Thompson

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Uploaded by O'Fallon Township High School #203 on 1/17/2014
Joseph Francis Thompson volunteered for the U.S. Air Force following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. He served in the 435th Group Troop Carrier & 77th Squadron during World War II. During his four years of service, from 1941-1945, he fought in D-Day, the Invasion of Southern France, Battle of the Bulge, and Market Garden. He worked as a pilot in the glider program. This job entailed carrying troops and equipment behind enemy lines. Mr. Thompson trained in North Carolina, and was stationed for the first time in Nottingham, England. He volunteered for a mission to supply U.S. forces during the Battle of the Bulge, but the mission was called off. Mr. Thompson was awarded the Air Medal with with two oak leaf clusters, the French Presidential Unit Citation, and the Orange Larienet from Holland. This interview was conducted by O'Fallon Township High School students.

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