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Ralph E. Thompson Collection (1743) Finding Aid

Item Number: 17430000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Three linear feet of photographs, certificates, uniforms, and accessories document Ralph E. Thompson's career in the United States Army and the United States Air Force, including his time as commander of the 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Group where he made frequent trips to Vietnam between 1966 and 1969 to organize the evacuation of wounded personnel to hospitals in Japan and the United States. Items of note in this collection include three military uniform hats, a Rhein, Germany Main Rod and Gun Club uniform, and a 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Group Plaque.

Dates

  • 20 March 2006

Biographical / Historical

Ralph Eugene Thompson was born in 1916 in Amite, Louisiana. Ath the age of 14 he got a job aboard a ship where his travels led him to a variety of places such as the Middle East and the west coast of the United States. Thompson joined the United States Army in 1937 and was trained as a hospital ward attendant at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. His later assignments included Randolph Air Base, Texas, Fort Ord, California, and Camp Stoneman, California. During World War II, Thompson worked as an assistant in the Theater Surgeon General's Office. After the war, he attended the Command and General Staff College. In 1947 he joined the United States Air Force Surgeon General's Office. Thompson then served two four year tours in Germany at Wiesbaden and Ramstein. He later became the commander of the 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Group based at Hickham Field, Hawaii. There he organized aeromedical evacuations of wounded personnel from Vietnam to hospitals in Japan and the United States. He frequently visited American medical facilities in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Thompson currently suffers from several Agent Orange related illnesses, but remains active in his community in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
3.0
Pages
1
Location(s)
D054.1; Photograph Collection; Museum Object Collection
1
Photographs

VA045254 - VA045261: 8 photographs documenting Ralph Thompson's career in the United States Army and United States Air Force

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13
Museum Objects

1743museum2360: 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Group Plaque
1743museum2361: United States Air Force Officer's dress hat
1743museum2362: United States Air Force Officer's dress hat
1743museum2363: United States Air Force Officer's dress hat without bill or insignia
1743museum2364: Green hat case
1743museum2365: Black silk bow tie
1743museum2366: United States Air Force Colonel shoulder boards
1743museum2367: Set of two cuff links and three button studs
1743museum2368: Set of five Goldmark brand gold foil strips
1743museum2369: United States Air Force utility uniform
1743museum2370: Wool Rhein (Germany) Main Rod and Gun Club Uniform
1743museum2371: Two United States Military uniform buttons
1743museum2372: Five "U.S." uniform lapel pins

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  • Box 2(Oversize): [2(Oversize)] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.1 ]]
  • 1000: [1000] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.1 ]]

Inventory

  • Box 2(Oversize)
  • Newspaper article entitled "Father gives oath fourth time"
  • North Carolina State University Master of Education degree granted to Ralph E. Thompson, 21 December 1977
  • Methodist College Bachelor of Arts degree granted to Ralph E. Thompson, 21 December 1975
  • Certificate of Award of the Meritorious Service Medal to Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 9 September 1970
  • Certificate of Award of The Legion of Merit to Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 21 June 1968
  • Certificate of appointment of the rank of Captain, Medical Service Corps, 1 July 1948
  • Certificate of Award of The Air Medal to Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 6 September 1967
  • Vietnamese award certificate to Ralph Thompson, 28 August 1969
  • Certificate of appointment of the rank of First Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, 24 August 1944
  • Certificate of Award of The Air Force Commendation Medal to Lieutenant Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 19 May 1964
  • Medical Department Special Schools certificate of completion, 30 July 1948
  • Army Air Corps School of Aviation Medicine certificate of completion, 20 December 1939
  • Certificate of award of The Legion of Merit (First Oak Leaf Cluster) to Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 10 October 1969
  • Certificate of appointment of the rank of Major, Medical Administrative Corps, 11 July 1947
  • Certificate of Award of The Air Force Commendation Medal to Lietenant Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 14 July 1966
  • Certificate of Award of The Air Force Commendation Medal to Lieutenant Colonel Ralph E. Thompson, 26 September 1963
  • United States Army Command and General Staff School Air Course diploma, 13 October 1945
  • Certificate of Completion USAREUR Examiners and Instructors Hunting Course, 3 March 1961
1
Photographs

VA045254 - VA045261: 8 photographs documenting Ralph Thompson's career in the United States Army and United States Air Force

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13
Museum Objects

1743museum2360: 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Group Plaque
1743museum2361: United States Air Force Officer's dress hat
1743museum2362: United States Air Force Officer's dress hat
1743museum2363: United States Air Force Officer's dress hat without bill or insignia
1743museum2364: Green hat case
1743museum2365: Black silk bow tie
1743museum2366: United States Air Force Colonel shoulder boards
1743museum2367: Set of two cuff links and three button studs
1743museum2368: Set of five Goldmark brand gold foil strips
1743museum2369: United States Air Force utility uniform
1743museum2370: Wool Rhein (Germany) Main Rod and Gun Club Uniform
1743museum2371: Two United States Military uniform buttons
1743museum2372: Five "U.S." uniform lapel pins

Click here to view all Museum Objects

Pub Credit Line
17430000000, Ralph E. Thompson Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 20 Mar 2006 [Updated: 10 Apr 2006]