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Captain Luther M. Thompson
U. S. Army Air Forces

May 26, 1919 - March 11, 1945

Gold Star Mother
Josie Ella Milliken Thompson


Captain Luther M. Thompson (May 26, 1919 - March 11, 1945) United States Army Air Forces was a member of the 879th Bombardment Squadron, 499th Bombardment Group. He died when his airplane (42-24753) departed from Saipan on a combat mission over Nagoya, Japan. Almost immediately after take off, the No. 4 engine was observed to be on fire. After the plane crashed, there were no known survivors. Luther was first listed as missing in action and then in June his status was
changed to killed in action. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the time of his death, his family was living in Lovelady, Houston County, Texas.

Information from WWII Memorial Registry and the crash report for airplane 42-24753

                                                                                                Picture courtesy of the Daily Tribune.

Luther Thompson as a 1936 senior at Gulf High School, Gulf Texas.

Senior group picture  (front row, second from right)

Basketball picture  (front row, third from right)

Science Club  (top row, fourth from right)

Assembly Club  (middle row, fourth from left)

Junior group picture  (middle row, third from left)


Wadsworth Man is Now Aviation Cadet
 Luther Thompson Is Assigned to
Rankin Aeronautical Academy

Tulare, Calif. Oct. 13--Luther M. Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Thompson, Wadsworth, has received his appointment as an Aviation Cadet in the U. S. Army Air Corps and has been assigned to the Rankin Aeronautical Academy here for his nine weeks primary training course.

The Rankin Academy, one of the newest of the air corps training schools, is headed by J. G. "Tex" Rankin, famous aviator who taught more than 3500 men and women to fly without a single serious accident.

The Daily Tribune, October 13, 1941                Rankin decal courtesy of Dwight S. Mears.


Pictures from the
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
courtesy of Daniel Davila
Acres of Honor


Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery, Houston County, Texas
Photo courtesy of Marty Cash



Mrs. Josie Ella Thompson, age 86 of Crockett passed away Oct. 6, 1980 in Crockett. She was born in Houston County on July 6, 1894. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Congregational Methodist Church.


Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Jurek of Bay City and Mrs. Nena Toms of Palestine and Crockett, one brother, Steve Milliken of Lovelady; one sister, Mrs. Nora Knox of Lovelady; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.


Funeral services were held Tuesday Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Waller Family Chapel with Rev. Ross officiating. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Lovelady.


Waller Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Obits courtesy of Veda Bobbitt, volunteer, Crockett Public Library


Josie & Travis Thompson



Travis Thompson, age 82, of Crockett passed away December 21 [1977] in Crockett. Mr. Thompson was born on March 31, 1895 in Madison County. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Lovelady.


Funeral services were held Thursday, December 22 at 2 p.m. in the Waller Family Chapel with Rev. Larry Jameson officiating. Interment followed in the Bartee Cemetery in Lovelady.

Picture courtesy of the Mr. & Mrs. Thompson's daughters, Nora Toms Hennigan & Mildred Jurek.


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