Vietnam – One Soldier – An Everlasting Debt




Roger Allen Thompson

5/2/48 – 3/1/68




From the Palestine Herald-Press 03-07-1968

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Roger Allen Thompson, 19, has died from wounds received in combat in Vietnam, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. W. H. Petty of Route 1, Palestine. He is the seventh Anderson County serviceman to die in that war.

Mrs. Petty received notification yesterday that her son died March 1 at the station hospital in Da Nang as a result of fragmentation wounds sustained to the head from hostile mortar fire while on an operation in the vicinity of Quang Tri.

Corporal Thompson, who had entered the Marine Corps as a volunteer on April 11, 1966, had been in Vietnam since last September.

Prior to entering service, he had attended Palestine High School. He was a member of the First Baptist Church here.

Funeral arrangements are pending return of the body here and will be announced later by Hassell & Foster Funeral Home.

In addition to his mother, Corporal Thompson is survived by his father, William W. Thompson of Granada, Mississippi; two brothers, Billy Michael Thompson of Winona, Mississippi, and John Mark Thompson of Palestine; his grandmother, Mrs. A. F. Watts of Palestine. He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Knight of Palestine.


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall:

 LCPL Thompson is located on panel 42E, line 025 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.


The following remembrances have been posted on The Virtual Wall sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund:


 “Your sacrifice is not forgotten.  Our roots go back to Palestine Texas – a great place to grow up.  Your memorial is now part of

William Reed


“We played little league baseball with each other.  He was a good kid and died one week left on his tour.  We miss you Roger.  God bless you and your mother.”

John Ballard McDonald 


“For those of us from Palestine, Texas that drew high numbers in the draft lottery, we owe you a debt that can never be paid.  Our only solace is in keeping your name and honor alive for future generations to appreciate your courage.  No greater sacrifice can be made.  Rest in peace my brother.”

Tex Midkiff 

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