From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Paul Thompson '40

Date of birth: November 20, 1916

Date of death: June 29, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Kelly was lost in an "operational aircraft loss" in the Pacific on June 29, 1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Via the California Digital Newspaper Collection, the Coronado Eagle and Journal of July 19, 1945:

Commander Thompson Killed in Pacific

Mrs. Paul V. Thompson has just received word that her husband, Lt. Comdr. Paul V. Thompson, USN, was killed in a plane crash June 29. Lieutenant Commander Thompson, who was in the Class of 1940 at the Naval Academy, was an air group commander in the Pacific war zone. In addition to his wife who lives at 681 Margarita, he is survived by a son, Paul, Jr.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Paul V. Thompson (NSN: 0-85345), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Class of 1940

Paul is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.