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Staff Sergeant Leonard Thompson, U.S. Army, 1942-1945 Staff Sergeant Leonard Thompson, U.S. Army, 1942-1945
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Leonard Thompson, U.S. Army Veteran, Regent, North Dakota Leonard Thompson, U.S. Army Veteran, Regent, North Dakota

 

A 95-year old veteran shares some memories about life, times and service.

"Well, I think every solider was changed, more or less, by the impact of being in the Army," says Leonard Thompson, World War Two Veteran, U.S. Army.

His vision and hearing aren't what they used to be, but his mind is sharp as ever.  Leonard Thompson was born on May 2, 1918.  He spent over three years in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant during World War Two serving round the world:  "Brazil, what is now Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma and China."

He tells of being surrounded for 21 days with no food -- but still making time to steal gasoline from the enemy.  "If it was around, we stole it -- anything to harass them."

He returned from the War to his schoolteacher bride and made farming his career.  They raised three daughters in the Regent area -- and planted hundreds of evergreens.

Now, at 95 years of age, Leonard has taken up writing poetry.  "Well, they won't let me do anything else."  

To express his love for other vets, he recently wrote a poem in their honor.  "I don't know if it's that good."  It is.

His daughter, Joyce Richardson, reads a portion, "Defenders of our country wherever they were sent, proudly all served the United States of America, fulfilling the covenant.  God bless America.  God Bless our Veterans. God bless all Americans.  Give veterans what's due.  Support and love them, their service most true."

When asked about his secret to staying so spry, he simply says, "Well, I don't drink and I don't smoke, but I did 50 years ago and I quit.  I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not."  And he still has a near full head of hair.  "Well, I had nothing to do with that."

Doesn't a good sense of humor help?  "I don't have any," he says -- as he laughs.
 
When asked to give advice for young people growing up today, he says "children should increase their education -- go as far as they possibly can.  The world will be close to being yours."

 

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