Sequoyah Student 1940s
John Thompson was born July 6, 1923, to Newton and Annie (Chair) Thompson in Tahlequah.
John attended Sequoyah Orphan Training School for grades 8-12. He left school to join the U.S. military at the beginning of World War II and was allowed to wear his military uniform at his high school graduation ceremony with the Class of 1944.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Asian Theater of War. He flew 97 missions as a top turret gunner on a B-24.
Following WWII, he continued his military career with the U.S. Air Force with a tour in Vietnam in 1966.
He retired from the military in 1968 with 25 years of service.
He returned to Vietnam in 1968 as a civilian air craft mechanic and then later returned to the United States.
During his military career, he toured every continent except Australia.
He had been around the world four times.
He has received numerous medals, which include: Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross Cluster, and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon.
John married the love of his life, Grace Parsons, on Sept. 11, 1946. Together, they raised five children and one great grandson, Wesley Thompson. John and Grace were avid fishermen.
They loved camping and spending their time with their family.
John loved to tell stories about his military adventures and the many friends he had made around the world.
He cherished the time he spent with his special brothers–in-law: Dave Myers, Don Manning, and William “Bill” Henderson.
John Thompson passed from this life on March 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. at his home with his loved ones by his side.
He is preceded in death by his precious wife; his parents; a brother, Charles “Moon” Thompson (Seq.Cls'36) ; two sisters: Jesse Thompson Enlow (Seq.Cls'34) and Betty Thompson Duffield; and one grandson, Rodney Davis.
John is survived by his great grandson, Wesley Thompson of the home; two sisters: Mayme “Chink” Thompson Myers (Seq. Cls'38) , and Eva Thompson Marsh. He leaves three sons: Terry L. Thompson and wife Morgan, Charles P. Thompson and wife Darla, Donald R. Thompson and wife Lynn Ann; two daughters: Cheryl Thompson Jackson and husband Gene, and Lynn Thompson Jackson and husband Randy. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.