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Jerome F. Thompson collection

Jerome F. Thompson Collection

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Finding aid for the Jerome F. Thompson Collection

MSS.99.23

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Thompson, Jerome Frederick, 1895-1980
Title: Jerome F. Thompson Collection
Dates: 1860-1980
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains biographical information, photos, and correspondence from Jerome F. Thompson.
Identification: MSS.99.23
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information, photos, and correspondence from Jerome F. Thompson.


Biographical Note

Jerome Frederick Thompson was born November 24, 1895 in Farmington, Washington County, Arkansas. He went to school in Fayetteville and attended the University of Arkansas. In 1925 he married Margaret Corrine Fitch. The Thompsons had one daughter, Margaret. Mr. Thompson enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard in 1914 and served on the Mexican Border in 1916. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of the 142nd Field Artillery in 1917, as his unit prepared for war in Europe. After duty in France, he returned to Arkansas and continued his service with the National Guard during the inter-war years. The entry of the United States into World War II prompted the call-up of the 142nd Field Artillery. Thompson, then a colonel, commanded the unit until the end of the offensive operations in Europe. The 142nd entered combat shortly after the initial invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Thompson led the unit through the Normandy Campaign and the subsequent push across Europe. During this time, he received the Purple Heart, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the French Croix de Geurre Avec Palm for Distinguished Service. In 1946, Thompson returned to the United States and became assistant manager of the Veteran's Administration Regional Office at Little Rock. He served there until his retirement in 1960. Mr. Thompson was very active in military and veterans' affairs. In 1919, he was a charter member of the Lynn-Shelton Post, now known as the Shelton-Tucker Post No. 27 of Fayetteville. He served variously as post, district, and state commander of the American Legion. In addition, he was president of the Arkansas Reserve Officers Association, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the 35th Division Association, and president of the Arkansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He died on May 6, 1980 and was buried in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Little Rock.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas. National Guard. Coast Artillery, 206th.
Fitch family
Thompson, Jerome Frederick, 1895-1980
Washington County (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jerome F. Thompson Collection, MSS 99-23, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition

Donated by the Johnson family, 1999


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