Sumter Veteran Harry L. Thompson led the Pledge of Allegiance before Tuesday’s County Council meeting.
Clerk to Council Mary Blanding read a brief synopsis about Thompson, and noted he served our country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and was wounded in battle in 1968.
He received the Purple Heart and continued to serve for over 10 years before receiving an Honorable Discharge. Thompson is now the commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #817 in Sumter. He and his wife Odell have been married for over 50 years and have one son, a daughter-in-law, and one beautiful granddaughter who is the joy of their life. The Thompsons live in District 3, which is represented by Vice-Chairman Jimmy Byrd.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Thompson.