Max Thompson was born in Bethel, North Carolina on July 21, 1922. He was working in a paper mill when he was drafted into the United States Army on November 14, 1942 at age 20. His service began at Camp Croft, South Carolina.
Thompson went to war as an infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division. As a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, he hit Omaha Beach on D-Day and then fought across France with his comrades.
In October 1944, the 1st Infantry Division was one of the units assigned to breach the Siegfried Line and seize the German city of Aachen. Seventy years ago, Sergeant Max Thompson, a squad leader, was evacuating casualties when he saw that a neighboring platoon had been overrun by a German counterattack.
Thompson used every weapon at his disposal – an abandoned machine gun, a bazooka, a Browning Automatic Rifle – and with incredible personal courage stemmed the Nazi advance alone. His Medal of Honor was presented to him the following summer.
We honor you, Max Thompson.