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COL Floyd James Thompson
Birth: Jul. 8, 1933
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 2002
Key West
Monroe County
Florida, USA

US Army Vietnam War Military Figure. He began his military career graduating from Officer Candidate School and being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1956. He was stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina, when he was recruited for U.S. Army Special Forces and was awarded a Green Beret. In December 1963, he was a Captain when deployed to duty at the US Army Special Forces Camp near Quang Tri, South Vietnam. On March 26, 1964, Captain Thompson was a co-pilot on the Air Force L19 observation plane flown by Captain Richard L. Whitesides, when their plane was downed by small arms fire about 20 kilometers from the Special Forces Camp. Thompson survived the crash with serious wounds and was quickly captured by the Viet Cong. The pilot of the aircraft was not found. For the next nine years he was a prisoner of war, first in the hands of the Viet Cong and later was moved to the Hanoi prison system. During his captivity, he was tortured, starved and suffered the mental anguish of being nearly totally alone for years. When he was released on March 16, 1973, in Operation Homecoming, he is the longest held American POW from the Vietnam War. He remained in the US Army and retired a Colonel on January 28, 1982. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Andersonville National Cemetery *
Andersonville National Historic Site
Macon County
Georgia, USA
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Record added: Jul 18, 2002
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