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Harry Leonard Thompson

Private First Class, U.S. Army

32240950

12th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: January 23, 1945
Buried At: Harleigh Cemetery
                  Haddon Avenue
                  Camden NJ 
Awards: Purple Heart


PRIVATE HARRY LEONARD THOMPSON was born in New Jersey in 1917 to Harry and Viola Thompson. By 1930 the family had purchased a home at 205 Princeton Avenue in Audubon NJ. Harry L. Thompson attended Audubon High School. He was living at 22 Atlantic Avenue in the Watsontown neighborhood in the borough of Clementon, when inducted into the Army on February 23, 1942. 

After basic training he was assigned to the 118th Infantry Regiment. He went overseas with that unit in 1942, which provided security for Iceland from August of 1942 through October 29, 1943. The 118th was then sent to Northern Ireland and England. Private Thompson was re-assigned to the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at some point in 1944, most likely as an infantry replacement.

Private Thompson was killed in action while serving with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in Luxembourg, on January 23, 1945 near the Bettendorf along the Our River. 

Harry Thompson was survived by his wife Dorothy, and a two-and-and-one-half  year old son that he never saw, Harry L. Thompson Jr. He was also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thompson of 205 Princeton Avenue in Audubon NJ. He is memorialized on the war memorials in Audubon and Clementon.

Harry Thompson was brought home in the spring of 1949. He was buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden NJ on April 13, 1949.


Camden
Courier-Post

April 7, 1949

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