1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson
Born: July 2, 1981 in Los Angeles County, California
Died: May 11, 2012 in Afghanistan
1st Lt. Alejo R. Thompson, 30, of Yuma, Ariz., died May 11 in Bagram, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. He joined the Army in September 2000. Thompson first deployed in March 2003 to Iraq, a tour that lasted more than 10 months. He arrived at Fort Carson on April 20, 2011. His unit, part of the 3,500-soldier 4th Brigade Combat Team, had been in Afghanistan since March 6 2012. Among his awards and decorations are, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. 1st Lt Thompson was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles – Sec 56 Row N Site 19
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