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THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4,
Hero Of War
Hero Brings Back Some Souvenirs From Germany
(Continued from page one)
Germany last Octouer.
When this reporter first saw
Iax, he was posing with a fishing
jKle for a picture. "Are you go
ing fishing, or just getting back?"
was the first question, and he put
n his broadest smile and replied:
"In a few days I'm going to catch
Op on my fishing and take things
This hero of World War II is
one man that enjoyed getting home
more than anything else. He had
a 7-day rest or rather an impa
tient stay at Fort Bragg while
Waiting for his discharge papers
fo clear, and as he expressed it.
"being so close home, yet so far
away, was even worse than being
across the Atlantic." That was his
only reference to subjects beyond
the United States border, except
In answer to a direct question.
The entire Thompson family
had waited hourly for the return
of Max, and one member of the
family said that his mot her, Mrs.
J. W. Thompson, was often found
gazing through the front window
down the road to get the first
glimpse of her son returning from
the battlefields, where he made
such an outstanding record.
The family was having break
fast, when Max, accompanied l
another soldier, Dewey .Metcalf.
walked up to the house. Metcalf
opened the door and asked.' "Do
you know this fellow?" And then
it was that many prayers were
answered as Max waved his dis
charge papers and threw his arms
around his mother.
Max is not the "hard-boiled"
rough-and-tumblcd sort of fellow
you would expect to single-handedly
kill 23 Germans. And the num
ber of Nazis wounded by bullets
and grenades from this Haywood
man's guns will ncxer be known
He is a quiet, unassuming and a
The entire Thompson family
show these same characteristics,
and center their thoughts on the
single incident of Max getting
home. From the soldier's sister-in-law,
Mrs. Clarence Thompson, of
Durham, more was learned about
Max and his family. "His only
habit is smoking. He will not
drink, and has an even temper. He
goes to church and is a Christian."
The Thompson home is within a
short distance of Mt. Zion Baptist
"Smoking once saved his life,"
she continued. "During the heavy
lighting he and a buddy were in
a foxhole, covered with a raincoat,
trying to light a cigarette, when a
Shell hit nearby. The shell blew
ih the sides of the foxhole, and the
Concussion punctured both of
Max's ear drums. A piece of
Sflrapnel from the shell went
through his helmet, and had he
been standing up, instead of bend
ing over lighting his smoke, the
same shrapnel would have killed
While Max was putting on his
medals for news pictures, his
mother told of his school days at
Bethel, where he always made good
grades, and played basketball. He
graduated in 1940 and his favorite
subject was mathematics.
"What food does he like best,
She laughed loudly, then whis
pered, "just plenty of milk and
bread. He'll take that in prefer
ence to anything else I can cook."
It was mid-afternoon Monday at
the Thompson home, and Max took
advantage of every opportunity to
be friendly with the new dog the
family had acquired while he was
away. This reporter's guess is,
that before a week rolls around
Max and that dog will be insepar
able, and when Max starts catch
ing up on his fishing, that dog will j i-d and put on his uniform and
be right along. , became an infantryman in No-
"What are you going to do after j vember. 1942.
your deserved rest, and delayed : .Max has a sense of humor. It
fishing?" the hero was asked.
"I am not making any plans yet,
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TSGT. MAX THOMPSON brought home some material reminders of the tough battles he fought.
Across his lap is a Nazi flag he captured, while in the background is a huge red and black German street
banner Spread on the floor are some of the souvenirs he brought back, which includes two cameras,
several watches, a clock, two pistols which he is holding, a German parachute, binoculars, a hunting knife,
and a pair of knucks.
A Happy Family Welcomes Max Thompson Back Home
TIIK ENTIRE THOMPSON FAMILY except one brother, Roy. who is in the South Pacific serving in
the Navy greeted .Max back Sunday from the war where he became one of the nation's top-ranking heroes.
Lett to riylil. are Mrs. Norman Thompson. Miss Vivian Thompson, George Kuykendall, (brother-in-law),
Miss I.euclla Thompson. TSgt. Max Thompson, Bascomb Thompson, recently discharged from the army,
Mrs. J. XV. Thompson. Norman Thompson, Miss Alone Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson.
A special picture for The Mountaineer by Grenell.
except to just hang around here
for t lie present.'' Max was em
ployed at. Champion Paper and
Fibre Company when he volunteer-
was quite in. evidence when some
thing was mentioned about his girl
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friends. "When I got the Con
gressional Medal or Honor, the
newspapers said I had a wife. I
wondered if that was part, of the
award, because I had never heard
of her before."
As the Thompson family was
assemblying for a photographer to
make a family-group picture, a
two-motored plane flew over the
Thompson farm. Max looked up
and seemed to enjoy hearing the
roar of the motors. "Guess you've
heard plenty of those in your 34
months overseas." this reporter
suggested. "Oh yes. The pret
tiest sight I ever saw was when
3,000 large bombers flew over us.
and bombed a target only 4 miles
"Didn't you get nervous, being
that close to such an important
target and especially with that
much ammunition overhead drop
ping so close?"
"Not much. The earth trembled,
and made our trouser legs shake
like a heavy wind was blowing,
but we had confidence in our air
men. They were destroying the
target for us."
About this time some mefnbers
of the family had brought out the
medals and souvenirs and made a
display of them on the porch. Max
delights in showing a German
camera he bought for a cigarette
an extra good camera according
to two professional photographers
who would have traded lor it in a
minute had the ownef shown any
interest. Among the other souve
nirs which Max had sent home
included a German parachute, two
cameras, a clock, three watches, a
huge red and black Nazi street
banner, a Js'azi flag which Max had
captured, a pair of binoculars, a
small German pistol, a German
Lugar automatic and a pair of
"Perhaps you can give some
other angles to his experiences
that he has not told us," this re
porter suggested to Mrs. Thomp
son. "He talks about things right
here at home with us. The most
we know is what we have heard
D. Clinton, of Texas, later killed,
put this in che records:
". . .When the enemy broke
through, T. Sgt. Thompson tossed
aside his rifle and took up the
only weapons that could stop a
mass assault. He fired a machine
gun until a shell from an enemy
tank blasted it out of his hands
All during the day he dragged
wounded from the foxholes and
carried them back for treatment."
Capt. William E. Russell, Max
Thompson's company commander,
put testimony into the army rec
ords similar to that offered by Sgt.
Clinton. Capt. Russell also has
been killed since then in Ger
many, November 21. But his story
of Max Thompson stands. He said;
"The enemy broke through a
platoon position with tanks. In
overrunning the platoon pillboxes,
the enemy captured 20 of our men
and drove back the others who
were not killed or wounded four
men. Sgt! Thompson stepped in
alone to stop the troops pouring
"The Germans immediately
swept the area with machine guns
and other automatic fire from the
captured pillbox positions and I
saw Sgt. ' Thompson repeatedly
enter the fire-swept field to carry
wounded from their foxholes to
a pillbox we were using as an aid
station. Behind a tank, the Ger
mans swarmed the gap in the line.
"Sgt. Thompson went to a ma
chine gun, where the gunner had
become a casualty, and faced the
attack alone. He fired steadily
into the advancing Germans. Then,
a direct hit from the enemy tank
destroyed the machine gun. He was
badly shaken and dazed, but for
some reason escaped being wound
ed. He regained his bearings and
staggered to where an abandoned
Browning automatic rifle was lying
on the ground.
"He stood alone against the
enemy force pouring through the
gap. His fire halted the leading
elements and dispersed the follow
up squads. But the Germans were
coming through in ever-increasing
numbers. He fired into them until
his automatic rifle jammed.
"Throwing it aside, he searched
for another weapon. He went to
a rocket gun which had been drop
ped by a wounded gunner and
turned back the advancing enemy
who were coming up behind a light
tank. He didn't bother tj find a
foxhole from which he would fire
without being a conspicuous tar
get. He loaded the gun, took care-
tul aim avid fired on the tank.
"The rocket sc?cd a direct hit
and set the tank on fire. He
charged the German riflemen and
dispersed them with hand gre-
During this period the American
forces were reorganized, and the
reformed line held, although ene
my forces still held the three pill
boxes seized in the breakthrough
of the platoon positions. Waiting
until nightfall, Sgt. Thompson led
a squad against these positions."
St. Sgt. Herbert C. Spivcy, of
him tell you newspaper men and
others who have visited here. You
see. he's trying to forget it all,
and there are so many other things
for us to talk about, because he
has been away so long. This is the
first time he has been home, you
know, since his father died on
.June 28, 1944."
In addition to his medal of
honor, he lias the Bronze Star for
eonspieious gallantry, a Russian
medal. Glory third class, a presi
dential unit citation with two Oak
Leal' Clusters, the Good Conduct
medal, the European theatre rib
bon, with five battle stars, signi
fied by a silver star and one bronze
star, the invasion arrow, and a
The nation's highest decoration
of honor, the Congressional Medal
of Honor, was awarded to T. Sgt.
Thompson for his work on the
battlefield just about a year ago
October 18, 1944. That was the
day he continued to bombard a
group of Germans after about 100
of his comrades had been killed.
He is credited with killing 23
Germans and wounding an un
known number in the battle near
Comrades of Sgt. Thompson
told the story of his bravery for
the army records. T. Sgt. Weldon
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Hero, His Mother and Dog
TSGT MAX THOMPSON begins to take life easy for a while, after
34 months overseas, and engaging in some of the severest fighting of the
war. In one day he killed 23 Germans, and wounded an unknown
number. This picture made for the Mountaineer by Grenell.
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I'ruse, Ky., later killed in action,
described that attack:
"The enemy was ready for our
counterattack. They poured fire
from the pillboxes they had cap
tured and the squad was unable
to advance. Going forward, alone,
Sgt .Thompson crawled 20 yards
so that he could get close enough
to fire a rifle grenade through the
"From a kneeling position he
fired the grenades and the first two
struck the wall and exploded out
side. The fragments of one wound
ed Sgt. Thompson, but he remained
there firing at the openings. Then
he got one inside. There was an
explosion and approximately two
squads of Germans ran from the
Sgt. Thompson has four broth
ers, Clarence, who has been with
a tobacco firm in Durham for 21
years, Norman, an employee of
Champion Paper and Fibre Com
pany, Bascomb, recently discharg
ed from the army after serving in
the South Pacific, and now operat
ing the 46-acre Thompson farm,
and Roy, a bosun's mate, in the
navy in the South Pacific.
There are five sisters, all living
in the immediate community, Mrs.
George Kuykendall, Mrs. Charles
Henson and Misses Olene, Vivian
and Luella. All the single sisters
live with their mother.
The twenty - fifth anniversary
celebration of the North Carolina
Federation of Home Demonstration
Clubs at State College revealed
that rural women have taken a
leading part in all progressive
movements in the state in recent
With Local Board
Registration of 18-year-olds un
der the selective service system
continues and during the month of
September the following boys be
came 18 years of age and are now
subject to call for duty in the
Dewey Lanning, Waynesville;
Ervin Lee Haney, Clyde, R.F.D.
No. 1; Buford Edgar Mull, of
Waynesville; Walker Glenn Cham
bers, of Waynesville, R.F.D. No .2;
Walter Felix Woodard, of Clyde,
R.F.D. No. 1.
Gene Lloyd Sheehan, of Waynes
ville, R.F.D. No. 1; Harry Everett
Jaynes, of Waynesville; Kenneth
Eugene Gaddis, of Waynesville;
James WiWley Watson, of Waynes
ville, R.F.D. No. 1; Charles Alfred
Sparks, of Waynesville, R.F.D. No.
1; Claude William Hill, Jr., of
Waynesville, R.F.D. No. 1; Oliver
Windell Arrington, of Waynesville,
R.F.D. No. 1; Charlie H. Moore
of Clyde, R.F.D. No 1, and Thomas
Hoyt Cates, of Waynesville, R.F.D
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Mrs. Irene Rogers.
Hotels, Paul Hyatt and Miss Lou
Court house employees, Bryan
Business houses, L. N. Davis,
chairman, T. G. Massie, Miss Fran-
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s Head cfi
committee named i
Thompson. Ins nmth..r
W. Thompson lns
uiomers ana other do
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C. L. Westmoreland
named chairman of sin
The program will he
general chairmanslnn nf
veteran of World War
ine canton inereliantt
ing uieir places (,f nlA
i.ia Saturday until the
of the program.
In a proclamation
Mayor Robinson, deda
day Haywood ('(hiiiIv
quests the people 0fj
County to join the tounj
in paying tribute to Sgt
aim rus comrades in al
A large mianiber of
expected to attend till
from this section of
ces Ray and Dill .1 Hmi
ley and Mrs. Ralph Sui
N. Allen, chairman.
Knight. Mrs. Claude Sit
Joe Tate and Mrs. Lawrl
Club in charge. Mrs. J
president, acting as cha
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chairman, Mrs. Link K;
Wayne Rogers and
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