January 7th, 2006

Former Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson died of cancer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisana, early Friday. Thompson was the hero of My Lai. Acting in the finest tradtion of the Service, he risked his own life to save the lives of Vietnamese civilians being massacerd by U.S. forces in 1968.

8 Responses to “HUGH THOMPSON, DEAD AT 62…”

  1. Jill says:

    Thanks for that, Jeff. If just the littlest bit in each of us that’s like Thompson could be encouraged to step up, wouldn’t we have a different world?

  2. shamash says:

    I recently asked my students who their heroes were. There was a deep, long silence. Then one teen said, in a half-hearted voice, “Ghandi?”

    I will print out this article and read it tomorrow in class.

    We need to hear more stories like this. The youth of this generation are lacking stories of one person risking their lives for others. Not famous people, but average, everyday people putting their lives on their line.

    Any other stories, anyone? I want to create a collection.

  3. Dad says:

    Good Morning Jeff

    Sunday Morning (CBS) did a very nice tribute this morning to Hugh Thompson, including inter- views with some of the people he saved and the honors that rightfully he deserved.


  4. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Jill,

    That’s true. You’re absolutely right.



  5. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Shmash,

    The stories are out there. I can think of no finer example than the fire fighters and police officers who get up and go to work every day.

    Unfortunately, when we do here of their stories of heroism, the story has been hyped to mythic proportions and the average person dispairs of ever reaching a portion of such Olympian heights.

    I have many. After the obvious ones like my father and other members of my family, I usually list:

    President Jimmy Carter,
    Admiral Hyman Rickover,
    Clarence Darrow,
    Hunter S. Thompson,
    Marge Piercy and
    Thomas Jefferson…

    Just to name a few.

    Who are your heroes?



  6. Jeff Hess says:

    Hi Dad,

    It’s pieces like this that at times makes me lament my decision to toss my TV. I’ll have to see if the piece is available on line.



  7. Bob Stewart says:

    Hugh Thompson died at the VA hospital in Alexandria, LA, not Virginia. He was truly a military hero whose life was adversely affected by the U.S. Army’s campaign to have him classified as a traitor. Only recently was he admitted to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame. After receipt of my Christmas greetings did Hugh e-mail me that he had bought a 39 ft RV and built a shed to house it and would be traveling extensively this year. He gave no indication of having cancer at that time. His brother, Tommie, was with him when he died. America has lost a true hero.

  8. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Bob,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment. It’s all about the conversation.

    Second, thank your the correction.



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