Thompson graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1937. While there at
the Naval Academy he was on the boxing team. Upon graduation he was
stationed on the USS Idaho BB-42. He then went on to the aircraft carriers
in 1940. He flew the TBD-TBF-TBM Avengers in VT-3; VT-7 and in the Buzzard
Brigade VT-10. His service was on the USS Saratoga CV-3 out of N.A.S.
North Island in San Diego,California. Then he served on the U.S.S. Hancock
and the U.S.S. Enterprise CV-6. He was indeed an officer and a gentleman!
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