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Elton N. Thompson

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Elton N. Thompson
Son of the late Benjamin F. and Pauline E. (Blanchard) Thompson, passed away in San Bernardino, California on November 5, 2012. He was born in Santa Clara, California on December 26, 1916. Elton's grandfather, Benjamin F. Thompson, Senior, came to California during the Gold Rush and settled in Santa Clara in 1851.
Elton graduated from San Jose State in 1941. In July of that same year he joined the Navy and was enrolled in the Midshipmans School located on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. As a young Ensign he served on the carrier HORNET (CV8), sunk during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, one of the four carrier engagements in1942. Later assignments included carriers ENTERPRISE (CV6), YORKTOWN (CV10) and GUADALCANAL (CVE60). He took part in eight major engagements in the Pacific Theater, including the Soloman Islands campaign, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war he attended Stanford University where he earned an EdD degree.
When the Korean War began, he was recalled to active duty by the Navy. He served as the Instructor Training Officer at the Fleet Sonar School in Key West, Florida. During the late 1950s and early 1960s he was the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officers School in San Jose, California. Elton retired from the Naval Reserve in 1976 with the rank of Captain.
In 1957 he returned to his alma mater, San Jose State, as assistant professor of education. Later on he taught at the state universities in Northridge and San Bernardino, California. He retired from the latter institution in 1983 as professor of education.
Elton married Thelma M. Adrian, daughter of the late Gerald M. and Eleanor (Johnson) Adrian, in 1943. Mr. Thompson leaves his wife and two children, Jo Anne and Douglas, plus five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Thompson will be buried in the family plot in the Mission City Memorial park, Santa Clara, California.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Nov. 11, 2012
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