Technical Sergeant Ross H. Thompson was the son of Samuel and Hester J. Thompson. He was the brother of Mable G. Thompson, Samuel K. Thompson, Robert Lee Thompson, Earl E. Thompson, and Mary C. Thompson. By the time he joined the military, he had been married and become a widower.
Technical Sergeant Ross H. Thompson enlisted in the military on July 10, 1940. He served in the Pacific theater of the war with U.S. Army, Finance Department. When Major General Wainwright surrendered to the Japanese on May 6, 1942, Technical Sergeant Thompson was taken Prisoner of War on May 7, 1942. He died as Prisoner of War on December 10, 1942. He is memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.