Name: Benjamin Arthur Thompson Jr.
Rank/Branch: E6/US Army
Unit: Company D, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 24 July 1945 (Satsuma AL)
Home City of Record: Saraland AL
Date of Loss: 25 October 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 100835N 1062619E (XS576215)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1310

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2020.


SYNOPSIS: SSGT Benjamin A. Thompson, Jr. was assigned to Company D, 3rd
Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. On October 25, 1968, he was
serving in a rifle company in Kien Hoa Province about 5 miles south of Thuc
Giang in South Vietnam. Thompson's unit was crossing a stream, and Thompson
lost his balance and was caught up by the current.

Rescue attempts were made immediately but were unsuccessful. Searches were
made downstream on the day of the loss, but Thompson could not be located.
On the next two days, aerial searches were made by helicopter, but Thompson
was never found.

SSGT Thompson is listed among the missing because his body was never found
to return to his homeland.




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Staff Sergeant Benjamin Arthur Thompson Jr., who joined the U.S. Army from Alabama, served with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On October 25, 1968, as his company crossed a swiftly flowing stream in South Vietnam, SSG Thompson became caught in the current and disappeared under the surface of the water. Immediate rescue attempts were unsuccessful. Helicopters conducted aerial searches along the banks of the stream for two days, but SSG Thompson's body was not recovered. Today, Staff Sergeant Thompson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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