Anthony Orlando Thompson
Headquarters Battery 4th Battalion 42nd Artillery
4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
KIA September 18, 2003
Army Sgt. Anthony O. Thompson
Died September 18, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
26, of Orangeburg, S.C.; assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Sept. 18
during an ambush by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Tikrit, Iraq. Two other soldiers from his unit also were killed.
Sergeant from Branchville, S.C., killed in Iraq, is buried
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. An Army sergeant killed in an ambush in Iraq was buried Sunday.
Staff Sgt. Anthony Orlando Thompson was the second Orangeburg County man to die since the war in Iraq began.
Thompson and two other soldiers died Sept. 18 during a small arms and rocket-propelled grenade ambush five miles south of Tikrit, Iraq,
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported.
Pfc. Vorn J. Mack, 19, also a 2002 Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School graduate, died Aug. 23 in Iraq.
Anthony Thompson was a faithful friend to all who knew him, said his sister, Mary Ellen Bell.
He was a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a soldier and a good friend, Bell said.
The Branchville native was one of five children, but known as the little baby, Bell said. He played football and basketball at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
before graduating in 1995. He joined the Army on Nov. 7, 1996.
Four years ago, Thompson married his high school sweetheart, the former Valerie Green. They have a son, 2-year-old Jaykwon Kyreek Thompson.
Last Primary MOS
13F-Fire Support Specialist/Automatic Weapons Crewman
SSG Anthony O. Thompson's decorations
SSG Anthony Thompson
SPC Arriaga, SGT Thompson and
SPC Wright were all ambushed just south-east of Tikrit along the
on the night of 18 September 2003.
They were all assigned to HHB 4/42 FA, and were attached to G Troop 10th Cav.
The vehicle they were riding in was a standard hard-back HMMWV, not an up-armored version. They were hit by RPG and small arms fire.
One RPG round penetrated the door on SPC Arriaga's side of the vehicle, passed through him, and struck SGT Thompson
in the passenger side - without detonating, killing both men.
SPC Wright was in the gunner hatch, and was caught by shrapnel from another RPG that detonated on the vehicle.
A fourth member of the Crew, PFC Cross (I think was his name) was able to exit the vehicle and return fire, killing some of the ambush force.
He was the lone survivor of the vehicle, and was recognized for valor.
All 3 men were great soldiers, knew their jobs, and were great to work with. We miss them all.
AG Franklin, Trey (DA Civilian), SSG USA(Ret)
Anthony O. Thompson
Photo by Brenda N. from the Find A Grave website
The body of Army Sgt. Anthony O.
Thompson's is carried to its final resting place by a funeral
detail from Fort Jackson, S.C.,
as his widow Valerie, background center, is joined by family and friends for the graveside service Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003,
at Canaan Baptist Church in Branchville, S.C. Sept. 28, 2003. Thompson was killed in combat in Tikrit, Iraq on Sept. 18, 2003.
(AP Photo/The Times and Democrat, Van Hope)
Birth: Mar. 22, 1977
South Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 2003, Iraq
Army Sgt. Thompson was assigned
to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd
Field Artillery Regiment,
Fort Hood, Texas, as an artillery fire support specialist. Thompson was killed in an ambush by small arms fire and
rocket propelled grenades five miles south of Tikrit. Anthony was one of five children, but known as the little baby.
He played football and basketball at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School before graduating in 1995. He joined the Army
on Nov. 7, 1996. Four years ago, he married his high school sweetheart, Valerie Green, and they have a 2-year-old son.
Anthony believed in everything. He believed in the president, the military, the war and capturing Saddam Hussein.
He was 100 percent gung-ho. He loved his job and loved what he was doing. He was a patriotic soldier through and through.
Anthony's last visit home was for his mother's funeral in April. In September, he wrote a letter to his wife saying he was
taking part in some very dangerous missions. When she said she was worried for his safety, he told her, "Don't worry.
One way or another, I am coming home a hero."
The grave of Anthony O. Thompson
Anthony's grave is on the right,but unmarked.
His name is on the little wooden cross.
Added by: Sandra Wimberly
From the Find A Grave website
Quilt made for the family of Anthony Thompson by Marine Comfort Quilts
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Marine Comfort Quilt Group is a not for profit
ministry whose objective is to provide a memorial quilt of
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Our quilts are made from thirty quilt squares, each containing an inspirational message from it's donor or another serviceman.
Our quilts are stitches of love from those who want so badly to bring comfort, but don't know how to help.
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