Thompson was born in Salinas, California in February 6, 1959. He
enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1976. He entered the airborne infantry
where he remained until he went into the Army Reserves.
Thompsonís long list of training includes:
Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, French Commando,
Winter Survival Course, Jungle Warfare, Mountain Training, Air Assault
School Rope Master, Platoon Confidence Training, Wilderness Combat
Survivors, Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Instructor Training,
Tactical Certification, Wilderness First Responder, M60 Gunner, Special
Forces Advanced Marksmanship, Sniper, Demolitions Training Course
with the 101st Airmobile Division, Wendell participated in establishing
the division Pre Ranger Program. Her served as an instructor under the
Air assault School. He was the primary instructor for the 6th Battalion
CIC and mountain training while stationed at Fort Campbell.
as a Ranger Instructor with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp
Merrill. Wendell was part of a twenty-man mountaineering training team
and was cross-trained in and qualified to instruct the 15 Team raid,
ambush, and recon classes.
Wendell was a
quiet man with many talents and was not one to brag about his military
accomplishments. Throughout his military career, Wendell continuously
enrolled for training program the military offered. Wendell Thompson was
a true professional and was extremely proud of his many accomplishments.
Thompson passed away on August 13, 2014 at his home in Dahlonega,
Georgia. He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Linda and
three sons: Jeb, Seth, and Jeremiah.