|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1947|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1968|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
Marine Corporal Robert Brian Thomson was one of four more Coloradoans killed in action in Vietnam, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Defense Department, Washington, D.C.
Thomson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A Thomson, a retired Squadron Leader who had served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Robert A. Thompson, who retired in March 1966, was assigned to NORAD for the past five years, and is now a realtor in Colorado.
Thomson said he was notified of the death of his son on Sunday. The Marine died Friday of a gunshot wound from hostile rifle fire near Quang Tri.
Corporal Thomson was born June 28, 1947, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from Horace Mann Junior High School and Wasson High School.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1965
after graduation from high school. He went to Vietnam last July and was assigned to the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company 3rd Marine Division.
Funeral arrangements were pending the return of the body.
In addition to the parents, survivors include two sisters, Patricia 17, a student of the University of Colorado, Cragmoor Extension, and Margaret, 13, a student at Horace Mann Junior High School.
Citation for the
SILVER STAR MEDAL
Corporal Robert B. Thomson
United States Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Grenadier with Third Force Reconnaissance Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Third Marine Division (Reinforced), in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 16 February 1968, Corporal Thomson was a member of a reconnaissance patrol which ambushed seven North Vietnamese Army soldiers southeast of Con Thien. During the ambush, Corporal Thomson's accurate grenade launcher fire quickly silenced the enemy's return fire. When one of the Marines was wounded, as he attempted to search the ambush site, Corporal Thomson volunteered to reconnoiter the area and killed one enemy soldier concealed in the foliage. While waiting for an extraction helicopter, his unit came under small arms and mortar fire and was pinned down. Delivering effective suppressive fire on a suspected enemy mortar emplacement, he quickly silenced the weapon. As a result of the effectiveness of his fire, the North Vietnamese concentrated their fire on his position. With complete disregard for his own safety, he fearlessly stood up and continued to deliver a heavy volume of fire until he was mortally wounded. His steadfast determination and selfless concern for the welfare of his fellow Marines inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the subsequent safe extraction of his patrol. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Thomson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
For The President
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Fort Logan National Cemetery
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KIA while serving as a Corporal with 3RD FORCE RECON CO, 3RD RECON BN, 3RD MARDIV, United States Marine Corps from Colorado Springs, CO. His name is on the Wall at Panel 39E Line 067. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.|
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