District 13 Commander - 1977-1978
|Rear Admiral Thompson graduated from Whittier
College with a bachelor's degree in June 1942. He joined the Coast Guard
Reserve in 1942 and attended Reserve Officer Training School in New Groton,
Conn. He graduated as an ensign in 1942 and was assigned as watch officer
on board the cutter Hermes.
From 1944-1946 he served as executive officer and then as commanding officer of LST 166 in the Pacific, participating in the invasions of Saipan, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Guadacanal, the Philippines, and the occupation of Japan. His next assignment was aboard the cutter Minnetonka in Long Beach, Calif. Next, he was a flight student at the Naval Air Training Base at Pensacola, Fla., from 1947-1948.
After graduation, Thompson was assigned to Air Station San Francisco. Other tours include: aviator at Air Station Miami (1951-1952); executive officer at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska; operations officer at Air Station San Diego (1954-1965); commanding officer at Air Station Biloxi, Miss. (1956-1959); operations officer and XO of AirSta Elizabeth City, N.C. (1959-1962); commanding officer of Airsta Argentia; and then as deputy commander of the International Ice Patrol.
He then served two years as asst. chief, aviation units division at CG Headquarters. In 1966 Thompson was assigned as chief of operations in the Office of the Commander, Western Area. In 1969 he was commanding officer of CG Section Marianas in Guam and then commander of CG Activities in the Pacific. In 1971 he was assigned as chief, operations division and then chief of staff for the 3rd CG District.
His awards include two CG Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Asiatic Theater (2 stars), American Theater, WWII Victory, Navy Occupation Medal, National Defense.