WWII Vet Marvin Thompson Awarded Medals Posthumously

The family of the late Marvin Thompson of Minden had something to be extra proud of on Memorial Day. Nineteen years after he passed away, Lathan (Marvin’s son) and Connie Thompson received his military medals in the mail.
For Marvin’s sons, Lathan of Minden and Carl Thompson of Salt Lake City, receiving their father’s medals held special meaning. “These medals mean a lot, especially to Carl because of his own service,” Connie Thompson said. Carl Thompson served in the United States Air Force, is a veteran of the Gulf War, and a retired terror analyst for the Central Intelligence Office.
In 1994, the family had Marvin Thompson buried in his military uniform. During the funeral an uncle commented that he should have had medals from his service during World War II. “We talked after that about doing it (getting his medals) but it was only within the last year that we started seriously working on it,” commented Connie Thompson.
Director of Veteran’s Services in Kearney County Larry Klahn helped the Thompsons complete the necessary paperwork to receive the medals. Klahn shared, “Some vets come in while they are still around but it does happen a lot of times when families want medals for their loved one who has passed away.”
Corporal Marvin Thompson was posthumously awarded the Expert Badge with a Rifle Bar, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Pin.

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