Biography

 
Thompson, Robert I. [1stLt SS CO F21stIR]

 
Thompson, Robert I.

Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 265 - 17 December 1950

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Robert I. Thompson (ASN: 0-27750), United States Army, for gallantry in action as Commanding Officer, Company F, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action near Angang-ni, Korea, on 5 September 1950. During a withdrawal the 2d Battalion was attacked by a large enemy force which had established a strong road block along the route of withdrawal. The battalion subjected to intense artillery mortar and automatic weapons fire was terribly disorganized. Ordered to attack and destroy the enemy, Lieutenant Thompson rallied his company and led the assault. Immediately subjected to the full fury of the enemy's automatic and small arms fire the attack was slowed. Totally disregarding his own safety, he exposed himself to the withering fire encouraging his own company to press the attack. Leading his troops, he engaged the enemy in close range fire, inflicting numerous casualties and the men, inspired by his fearless example overran the position. Lieutenant Thompson's gallant actions and devotion to duty resulted in the destruction of the enemy force and reflect the greatest credit on himself and the United States Infantry. Home Town: Washington, D.C.