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By LuAnn Schindler

Valentine soldier returns home after 72 years


LuAnn Schindler | SAM

Escort you home • Nebraska State Patrol troopers and a group of American Legion riders escort the remains of PFC Dale Thomspon through Clearwater, June 27, en route to Valentine, where Thompson was laid to rest, Friday. Thompson was reported missing on Dec. 2, 1950. His remains were identified on Nov. 28, 2022. Clearwater Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members gathered at each intersection and a number of residents offered their respects as the motorcade passed through town.

Dale Dewayne Thompson, of Valentine, was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his brother, Gene, enlisted in the Army.

More than 72 years after being reported as missing in action, Dale Thompson returned home for the final time.

His remains were identified in November. On June 27, he was flown to Omaha and made the long trek home to the north central community where he grew up.

According to Thompson's obituary, the Thompson brothers enlisted shortly before war officially broke out on June 25, on the Korean Peninsula.

During a battle near the Chosin Reservoir, in North Korea, Priva...

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