Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Specialist Fourth Class 1
15 May 1948 1
29 Apr 1969 1

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Full Name:
Jerry Elmer Thompson 1
15 May 1948 1
Male 1
29 Apr 1969 1
Cause: Burns 1
Age at Death: 20 1
Body Recovered: Recovered 1
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died of Wounds 1
Hometown: Artesia, NM 1
Marital Status: Single 1

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Specialist Fourth Class 1
538th Trans Co 1
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 1
E4 1
Major Command:
1st Log Cmd 1
Army 1
Heavy Vehicle Driver (ARMY) 1
Tour Start Date:
11 Jan 1969 1
Years Served:
0 1
Methodist (also Evangelical United Brethren) 1
Race or Ethnicity:
African-American 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 80 1
Panel: 26W 1

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  You're remembered Posted for: JERRY ELMER THOMPSON: You served with the 538 Trans, 64 Quartermaster Battalion. Larry sent me pics of our time in Vietnam. You were burned when our convoy was ambushed by NVA. Thank you for your service Posted by: David Brown
Relationship: We served together
Friday, November 17, 2006
Larry Cox
Served together in Vietnam
1433 Nob Hill Dr
Azusa, CA 91702 USA
You are not forgotten
I met Jerry while in Vietnam we were in the same platoon of the 538th Trans Co. 64th Quartermaster. We would sometimes play basketball when not on convoys delivering fuel to the Infantry Divisions of the Saigon Support Command. He was a good player, soldier and friend. I'll always remember you as long as I live. Wednesday, January 07, 2004

David Brown
served in 538 Trans in 1969
3255 Penndixie Road Nazareth Pa 18064 usa
Remembering Beavers; he burned saving us
Dave and 'Beavers' were convoying to Quan Loi and were ambushed. They were always told if your truck got hit, get it off the road so the rest of the convoy could get through. Beavers was infront of Dave, and Beavers took rounds and caught fire. They were hauling JP4, but he stayed in his truck and drove it off the road, so everyone else could get through. He was my best friend, and he probably saved my life. There were casualties in that conflict, Dave has a problem knowing his real name because they were best friends, and he called him Beavers. If any one remembers this Dave would like to hear from them. Dave Brown 610-704-6392 or send an email, or


Dave Brown
Vietnam vet from 538
3255 Penn Dixie Road Nazareth PA 18064
Jerry was killed in the same ambush that injured Beavers. I just discovered that Beavers survived his burns, where Jerry didn't. Neither returned to our platoon, and both men where horrible burned. I found out today that Beavers survived, where I thought he was among the KIA. These two served our country well, and should have recived the highest honors. I will always remember their actions to the save the convoy. I was happy to call them friends. Aug 15, 2006

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