William Augustus (Guz) Thompson was born on 1 November 1930 in Lenoir City, Loudon, Tennessee to James Cannon  and Ruth Thompson.

Private First Class Thompson was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in Korea on December 19, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He is memorialized at the National Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Lenoir City News, March 15, 1951:
William A. (Guz) Thompson, 20, is the first Korean war fatality to be officially reported from Lenoir City. Thompson, who enlisted at the age of 17, is the son of Mr. James C. Thompson Sr., 608 Second Avenue. No details concerning Thompson’s death were given in the telegram to his father except that  his death occured December 19, 1950.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 November 1930
  • Date of death: 19 December 1950
  • County: Loudon
  • Hometown: Lenoir City
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Unknown
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