HARRAH, OK, USA U.S. Army CPL, DETACHMENT 1, COMPANY B, 2D BATTALION, 149TH AVIATION, LEXINGTON, OK TALLIL, IRAQ 09/17/2008
“An all-American boy”…. “He could make you smile even in the worst of times”… “People were drawn to this young man”…. “Fun-loving and easygoing”….
SSG Tracey Friend, one of several people who spoke at Thompson’s funeral, said Thompson believed in the cause he was fighting for and wore it on his shirt sleeve.
Friend recalled they were on guard duty on top of a bunker at approximately 2:30 one morning when they began talking about home, hunting and music. Friend said that Thompson loved music.
“He began singing Waylon Jennings at the top of his voice, “Friend said. “Lights started coming on in the neighborhood below and the Iraqis were coming out and saying, ‘Mister, please (stop).’ He looked at me and said, ‘SGT Friend, I don’t think they know Waylon Jennings,’ and for the next four hours, they were entertained. He didn’t shut up.”
“It is a horrible loss for all of us but the honor bestowed upon me to escort him home – it is the greatest honor I have ever had in my life,” Friend concluded.
Michael Thompson graduated from Kingston High School in 2003. He enlisted in the Army in 2004 and joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 2007. He also served in Iraq. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Michael died on September 17th 2008 in a helicopter crash in Iraq that also killed two other Oklahoma National Guard soldiers as well as four soldiers from Texas. He was 23 years old.
Michael is survived by his father, Kory; his mother, Angie Perry; and his stepfather, Richard Perry, brothers Hunter Perry, Heath Walker and Thomas Thompson, and sisters Amanda Thompson, Heather Walker, and Johnna Perry.