Oliver Nathan Thompson

Military Data
MOS 13E20 Cannon Fire Direction Specialist
Length Service 01
Unit C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 94th Artillery, 108th Artillery Group, XXIV CORPS, USARV

Casualty Data
Start Tour 7 April 1969
Incident Date 14 November 1969
Casualty Date 14 November 1969
Age at Loss 24
Location , South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Non-hostile, died of other causes
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Vehicle loss or crash

Vietnam Wall Panel 16W Line 077

William Cooper
457 S. Marengo Ave. #15 Pasadena CA 91101 USA
Jim, nobody ever called him Oliver, was my FDC section chief C Btry, 2nd 94th Arty GP. He was killed when the APC he was riding on top of toppled over. Jim had been working with his crew constructing new bunkers on the opposite side of the LZ when the warning siren sounded. I was in FDC at the time. We received word that enemy troops were spotted on the wire. We radioed Jim to report back to the main camp with his men ASAP. It was late in the day. The sky was already dark. Observing blackout conditions, they rode without headlights, the only illumination provided by an army flashlight. It wasn’t enough to keep the hastily moving vehicle on the craggy dirt path. Everybody liked Jim. He was a no nonsense guy and a friend to all.

  • Rank: Specialist 5th Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 5 November 1945
  • Date of death: 14 November 1969
  • County: Greene
  • Hometown: Chuckey
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 108th Artillery Group
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Bronze Star
  • Burial/Memorial Location: GreeneLawn Memory Gardens, Greeneville, Greene County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXII, Middle Panel
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